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Spirituality, Life & Well-Being

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY?

It may seem unusual that our funeral home has chosen to publish articles focused on spirituality, life, and well-being, but to us, it is natural that we talk about life and not death. After all, we can’t imagine that a lot of our clientele will be reading this and providing comment and feedback from “the other side”. So, these thoughts and musings are for the living.

Our goal is to help everyone live a more fulfilling existence. We believe that in order to make sense of death we have to first make sense of life.

One might ask, what you do you know about life? After all, you are a funeral home. You should know about death.

And, our answer is simple. Although we prepare bodies for their permanent resting place, we have never ourselves been dead and have no personal experience dying. Death is a big unknown for us, just like for everyone else. So, we can’t write or talk about death with any authenticity.

On the other hand, we are alive and know a lot about the passage from life to death because over our careers we have helped thousands of families, individuals and bereaved make the transition.

A Life Well Lived Eases Passage

And, what we know is that when a life has been well lived, the passage to death is easier. On the other hand, when the deceased or their loved ones have regrets, accepting death is very difficult.

We all die with regrets; everyone dies with additional mountains left to climb and “could of/should of/would of” dreams and aspirations unfulfilled.

However, some dreams are simple childhood fantasies that are figments of our imaginations while other dreams are realities which should have happened, if only we had lived each moment of life to its fullest.

Just because we don’t get to live each and every dream, doesn’t mean that our destiny was unfulfilled, or our life wasn’t meaningful. What is important is the quality of our lives and not the quantity of experiences.

If we are successful, we will provide information and insight so that each of us appreciates our own unique gift of life, lives life to its fullest and has fewer regrets at the time of death.

At the very least, sometimes our thoughts and musings will amuse, and other times entertain.

But, always we will help the reader live “a life well lived”.

Mark Sunshine

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