On dying

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  1. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Assuming you will be able to anticipate the moment of your death by a few minutes, what do you think will be your final thought on the matter of your life? Will you be trying to connect with a present loved one? Will you be wondering whether it was all worth it? Will you be terrified at what is coming next? What will be your dying thought, if you should be so lucky as to have time for one?
     
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  3. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    No point in looking back, in my view. Just do whatever I can to be at peace with the situation. No point in fear, regret, anguish etc.
    My last thought I'd like to think would be a big thank you to everyone who helped me be me.
     
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  5. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    I would use the opportunity to contemplate what substance there is to the form of "me". I might question it in some respects, seeing it is entirely dependent on memories of my past. I might affirm it in other respects, establishing my existence on the very act of doubting and so thinking about it. (See Descartes) The revery would be appropriate to that moment. Where I butt up against the black infinite void of nothingness. Do I exist? Or was it all just an illusion?
     
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  7. Daecon Kiwi fruit Valued Senior Member

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    "I hope this isn't going to hurt..."
     
  8. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Somebody better feed the cats.
     
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  9. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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    Oh, I see what you're pointing at now. That's going to make an awful big crater between here and Grand Forks.
     
  10. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    "Now, about the location of my buried fortune...."
     
  11. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    Lord. I am sorry I did not live, the life according to your will.. but here I am, at your mercy.
     
  12. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Don't know until I reach that bridge. The three deaths I witnessed, all were unconscious. Judging from past experience, most deaths are a slow process, so there seems to be plenty of time for contemplation.
     
  13. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I've had decades to contemplate all the empty philosophy I can stomach. I'm not going to waste my last minutes trying to figure anything out.

    I'd probably be watching the clock: "Four... three... two... one... Now!"
     
  14. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Okay..I've reconsidered. The line from The Bucket List by Morgan Freeman comes to mind: "Just close your eyes, and let the waters take you home."
     
  15. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    "Have I got time for a bacon sandwich?"
     
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  16. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Make mine a BLT on rye.
    thanx
     
  17. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    It would be a state of horror and terror as I desperately struggle in vain to keep conscious, to keep the flame from going out....forever
     
  18. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    My mother died of a burst aneurysm. My sister-in-law (who is a nurse) said that she was dead before she hit the floor. Apparently no thought, nor struggle.

    .........
    To die, to sleep--
    To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause.
     
  19. Waiter_2001 Registered Senior Member

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    Ow, my heart just stopped. Mother I love you!
     
  20. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Ideally:

    Was it good for you too? Say, Hef isn't the jealous type is he?
     

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