What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

October 18, 2018 11:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After a loved one passes, it’s important to keep going. Go on with your life, but try changing your mindset and make every moment count. Can death teach us anything about life? Let’s get insight from a local funeral home in Chicago, IL, a place where many people have said their final goodbyes to loved ones and told staff of unfulfilled dreams of the deceased.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed

We take so much for granted every single day. We do things like complain about having to stand in long lines at the grocery store, groan all the way through traffic, ignore others’ issues and assume we’ll always be happy and healthy. The fact is, tomorrow is not a given—the sudden passing of a loved one makes that apparent enough. So, why on earth would anyone assume and say things like, “I can do it tomorrow,” “There’s always more time” and “I’ll get there, do that or try that eventually”? These common phrases and others imply there will be a tomorrow—there may not be.

If death has taught us anything about life, it’s to not put things off for too long. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. Spend time with friends and family, and mean it when you say, “I love you.”

Welcome change

The prospect of death should encourage us to welcome change. Maybe your loved one never got the chance to visit Europe, or move to a new town, or learn to cook, or start a brand new career… and they wanted to. If you want to do a certain something in life, don’t wait. Don’t make excuses. You don’t want to greet the end of your life with regrets like many people have. Welcome change into your life, even if it scares you. After all, you’ll never know until you try.

Be grateful and show gratitude

Coming to peace with something that has happened can be difficult. Death, for example, is painful for those left behind. We may feel that death is unfair when it happens to a good person. What death teaches us in this case is that it’s important to be grateful for those people in our lives whom we truly care about. Gratitude changes one’s perspective on life, and when someone in your life does die, you can cope better with the range of emotions you’ll experience—especially anger, hate, guilt and regret.

Enjoy the little things

“Stop and smell the roses.” It’s easy to enjoy the little things in life, from holding hands at the movies to letting yourself have fun on the weekends to lazily watching the clouds roll by. When it comes to loved ones, just enjoy their company. Do your best to not let petty arguments or disagreements get between you. Make peace now with the people in your life, before it’s too late and they’re gone forever.

Death is not the end for a loved one’s family and friends, but it can be the start of a different outlook on life. If you’d like a customized service for your loved one, don’t hesitate to call Marik-Baken Funeral Services Ltd. Our funeral home in Chicago, IL is ready to assist you during a difficult time.

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