Death and after-life.. !
After reading Sakthi S Ravichandran’s piece titled: “Happening of a death” (Feb 23, 2009) I was reminded of a subject matter which had somehow interested me way back in 1977! ( 32 years ago).
As mentioned earlier in some of my postings, I was a regular reader of The Illustrated Weekly Of India, a weekly magazine of The Times of India group.
February 27, 1977 issue had dealt with “Death And After-life” .
This is what I had written in my letter to the Editor on 1st March 2007 and an abridged version was published in the Magazine (March 27, 1977; with J P Narayan, Jagjivan Ram and Morarji Desai on the cover)
This is with reference to your ‘Death and After-Life” issue date February, 27.
Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross has been doing innovative research work at a Chicago hospital, interviewing terminally ill patients from all walks of life.
Her book :”On Death and Dying” gives a report of her insights gained from such studies. She has given positive evidence of life after death and has narrated peoples’ experience of dying. In recent interviews with her (See Readers Digest, February 1977 issue) she said:
“Why shy away from death…? Dying people are treated as if they had a social disease.They are shut up in hospitals and doctors and nurses are assigned to care for them in their final hours…We deprive them of all the pleasures that once made their lives rich: children, friends, music, good food, home etc.”
The dying were grateful for a chance to talk to her.They were liberated from the conspiracy of silence that surrounded them.
In reply to a question: “Has your conclusion, that there is life after death, changed you?”, she replies beautifully:”If I were to lose this house and everything in it, I couldn’t care less. Because of my work with dying patients, I know that to see a sunset or watch a pheasant family on the lawn is infinitely more important. If you listen to dying patients say,” If only I had gotten to know my children. If only…”, you begin to reflect on your own life.”
Dear Readers, if you are really interested in reading about the pioneering work this Doctor did (she expired on: 24th August 2004 at the age of 78) please click on the following link or visit the following site:
I assure you, you will learn something useful and very inspiring from the write up.One of her famous quotes says:
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”
I am really touched by this quote. How about you? Happy Reading.