Imagine you have just returned from the doctor and you have been told the worst news of you life, and that is it is over. You have been diagnosed with a terminal condition and you have only a few months left to live. It is a sobering thought that we all may face this news someday. So the question is what would you do in your last days and how would you ready yourself?
To know when you are going to die can certainly mess with your head, particularly if it will be a suffering death like lung cancer as you slowly suffocate. Smokers do their best not to think about this, but frequently that is their fate. Then there are deaths that are much quicker but leaves you no less emotionally traumatized like having AIDS. You feel fine until that next minor little bug hits and it takes you out for good. Emotionally that is like walking in a minefield and standing still is not an option.
Then there are other types of deaths, for example being in an aircraft that is falling from the sky. Suddenly you find yourself facing your fate amongst screaming and hysterical people as you see the earth below rapidly approaching. What would your last thoughts be as all that you had planned for yourself and your loved ones will never happen?
There is no answer for the question, as everyone would react differently. Some may see death as a blessing to the end of a long hard life. Others may simply party until they drop doing all that they wanted to do. Some may be totally withdrawn and cry the last days away. Then there are those who simply will not accept fate.
The people who will not accept fate will fight off death to the bitter end, seeking out whatever treatment options are available, no matter where they are or at what cost or how experimental they are. They would offer themselves up taking the risk that the treatment may kill them because it is so unproven.
When we consider the swine flu and the coming bird flu, that can pose another thought. What will we do and how will we act knowing we are not terminally ill, but there is a virus about that can quickly change that. Do we go on with life not worrying about trivial things or do we take extreme measures to protect ourselves?
Then there is yet another group of people who are contemplating suicide. They may be terminally ill and not want to suffer or be a burden to the family as they slowly die. So taking their own life in a way is a humane way to die. But there are others who try to stop that, hence the debate goes on about doctor assisted suicides or mercy killings as others put it.
Then there is yet another group of people who may find financial problems or loss of face a reason to contemplate suicide. But for them that is more related to mental health and they should be seeking counseling to resolve the underlying problems, and not looking for a ledge to jump from.
So the question is what would you do knowing your days were numbered. Please take the time to post your answer below if you wish, after all it is not a crime to express your last wishes of how you would like to spend your last days.