The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
We often believe that we are born in a world full of opportunities, new heights to scale, new places to conquer. We are thrown in our own happy world and are happy in it. What we are generally not aware is that we are wearing away our time. Have you watched the movie "In Time" ? Yes, we all have a stopwatch on our lives. It ticks. Backwards. Our time on earth is counted. We do not live forever. None of us.
We live in illusions and think of "living life king size". How naive are our thoughts. How hollow our purpose; or must I say lack of purpose? We live simply for the sake of living. We live each day with the sole purpose that our next day be better.
There is a quotation:
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. ~Maurice Maeterlinck
Yes I believe that life is a stake one has to put up with to earn a peaceful death. Maurice's saying is rather contradictory one might say. He says knowledge leads to a painful death. Maybe true. However I cannot vouch for that. It depends upon what you did with your life and your knowledge. You are supposed to use your knowledge to earn a peaceful death. If all you did in your life was to run after money, riches, lust and other material luxuries and novelties then perhaps you will die an unhappy death. Or, when, you craved for each one of these and found none maybe then you will not find peace.
I recently lost someone who was directly linked to my earliest childhood memories. I was an infant and he was one of my playmates. A child usually remembers all love and affection showered on him or her. So do I. He supposedly suffered of Alzheimer's disease. He barely recognized his own kith and kin when he neared his death. Maybe he did not feel as much pain as by them who survive him. I pray to the almighty that so be the case.
May his soul rest in peace and his memories be immortal.
Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
All quotations from : http://www.quotegarden.com/death.html