chapter ninepreparing to die well: happy people are not afraid to die

Even death is not to be feared by those who live wisely.


My father-in-law is in his early sixties and in excellent health. While having dinner at our home last year he announced, out of the blue, that he had been thinking about his death. He had decided that he did not want any crying at his funeral (at which point, of course, my wife began crying). He went on to say that it was very important to him that we all knew that he was not afraid of death.

“When I was younger,” he told us, “I remember being afraid of death, but now that I am closer to it I have no fear of it.” What ensued was one of the most moving experiences of my life—an emotional and touching conversation ...

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