Wednesday Mar 14 2007
A lot is written these days about aging gracefully. As we approach our senior years, we also become aware of a vague dread: we don’t want to acknowledge our fear of dying.
Evolution, while fitting us with an urgent will to survive and multiply, also equipped us with a powerful, instinctive fear of death. It is perfectly normal and natural to have a strong aversion to anything to do with it. Many people end their lives without ever addressing the issue. But if we choose to open up to this part of our genetic makeup, what is it really about? Does it relate to the course of illness leading to the body’s demise, to the process of dying itself, or to fear of what comes after? Or is it a combination of all three, with a host of other unnamed distresses tagging along?[Read More]