Losing someone close to you is a tragedy that we all must experience throughout life. As devastating as it may be, we must try to find the good that comes from death. For many people, death is a wake-up call, telling them that it’s time to start living life differently – better. Take this time to look closely at your life and find ways to make it more meaningful.
Set Aside More Time for Family
Chances are, if you took 5 minutes to write down 10 of the most important people in your life, that list would mostly be comprised of family members and possibly a few close friends. Why then wouldn’t you want to spend as much time as possible with them? Usually it’s not that we don’t want to spend time with them, it’s that we’re busy filling our time with other things. As you work through your grief, you will become more aware of how you spend your time and who you spend it with. Make your family your priority, and spend as much time with them as possible while you still can.
Do What You Want
As Tom Cunningham once said, “This is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.” You only have one life to live. There’s no do-overs or second chances. After you lose someone close to you to death, you might start thinking about your purpose in life. Are you pursuing your vocation? Have you figured out what your vocation is? We spend so much time on our careers, it doesn’t make sense to pursue something that doesn’t fulfill you and make use of your special talents.
Cherish Each Moment of Every Day
Losing someone close to you makes you realize how precious life is. Every day is a gift to be cherished with gratitude and fulfillment. Sure there are days when we think, ‘how can I cherish this dreary day? There’s nothing good that can come of it.’ But remember, that day is a gift just like any other, and it is what you make of it.
We have only this moment,
Sparkling like a star in our hand…
And melting like a snowflake.
Let us use it before it is too late
- Marie Beynon Ray
Different people are going to find meaning in their own unique way. The point is that, in death, you recognize how precious life is, and strive to live it to the fullest. It’s easy to look at death and say, “What’s the point of living if we’re all going to die some day?” Don’t take the easy way out. Challenge yourself to live a meaningful life in the wake of your loved one’s death.
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