“I saw my sister’s life, from the inside out. That was something I never expected to see,” my good friend told me the other day.
His sister recently died, suddenly, giving him the ever daunting task of taking care of her home, possessions, financial considerations and, of course, her funeral arrangements. He found himself looking at her donation history, clothing purchases, bills, even her cable television choices, among many other things that most people never see or get to know about a friend or loved one.
The tasks seemed daunting and never ending – close out bank accounts, change her mailing address, end subscriptions, turn off the phone, and on and on. It seemed overwhelming, yet it helped him make some very important, personal assessments.
When he finished with the initial efforts to close her life, he decided to look at his own life. He revisited his will to make it easier for his executor. He created a living will and named a medical advocate. He also began to design a program to eliminate waste in his life.
His sister’s death gave him a wake up call. Her sudden death showed him that we are careless and need to become aware of our daily lives and how our lives and our death affect those we leave behind.
He also learned that life has to be lived to the fullest. Instead of complaining he is learning to enjoy what’s around him. Rather than to couch potato in front of the tube, he has started a journal. He is reading, calling friends to stay in touch, and is learning to be more involved in the world in which he lives.
From his sister’s death came self awareness.
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