The burning sun

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I have mixed feelings about Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. She was a pioneer in improving how Western societies handle death and dying, but she also held some flaky New Age opinions about death that don't fit how I see the Universe.

However, her book To Live Until We Say Goodbye, which my wife found for me, contains this extraordinary quote: "Death is staring too long into the burning sun and the relief of entering a cool, dark room."

Dr. K-R didn't write that: her patient Beth, a former New York model who died of cancer at 42 in 1977, when I was eight years old, was the one who did.

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Hi Derek,

Long time reader, first time commenter here. I love this quote and the thought expressed in the post in general.

It reminded me of this New Yorker piece (long but worthwhile) on a related subject:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande (dunno how to make it an HTML link, sorry)

which was rated in the New Yorker's top ten stories for 2010.

if death means a cessation of awareness how can you experience relief?

Although I am open to religious ideas, I do believe death is nothingness. You die, dissolve into the earth and that is it.

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