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Stolen Quote: Dying

I say to people who care for people who are dying, if you really love that person and want to help them, be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them. You don’t even have to talk. You don’t have to do anything but really be there with them. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Whether someone is living or dying, there seems to be no good substitute for human presence.

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  1. I agree with this quote. I have seen too many times that the person dying wants to talk about their death and the family and friends won’t hear of it. That must be so hard on the person. What a gift to be fully there for that person at the end of their life, no matter how sorrowful it may be…

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  2. I think one of her key points in this quote the “you don’t even have to talk” line. Too many times we think we need to fill silence. There are times for comforting words to be said or words of wisdom, but there also are a lot of times where silence speaks more than words. Not just emotional times like sitting beside someone’s bedside when they are dying, but like you said, being there there for a person when they are alive too! The emotional times of being there for a person when they may be dying inside. Having a friend just sit there and share your tears can be very powerful and that is where dogs can fill in, like Colin said. For dogs don’t feel like they need to fill the silence. They just sit there and look at you with their eyes that seem to just know that you need their presence right now and they are more than willing to do just that.

    Great quotes!

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  3. I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all answer to this one. Quite frankly I suspect I would change my mind from day to day on what my preference would be.

    Just to be clear, I’m not planning to go anytime soon so please don’t be planning any bedside vigil in the foreseeable future. I won’t be there πŸ˜‰

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    • Maybe it depends on the state of your health. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and tired, then you’ll just be cranky and not want anyone around bugging you. But if you’re afraid or anxious, maybe it might help to have someone be there. But yeah, this is an exercise best put off for some day way in the future.

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