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What People Actually Say Before They Die ~ Insights into the little-studied realm of last words

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When he was sick with the flu, Mort Felix used to jokingly remind his wife, Susan, that he wanted Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” played at his deathbed. To the surprise of his family members, the lifelong atheist also began hallucinating angels and complaining about the crowded room—even though no one was there.  When his life’s end arrived at the age of 77, he lay in his study in his Berkeley, California, home, his body besieged by cancer and his consciousness cradled in morphine, uninterested in music and refusing food as he dwindled away over three weeks in 2012. “Enough,” he told Susan. “Thank you, and I love you, and enough.” When she came downstairs the next morning, she found Felix dead.

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Interesting read.


Now that I'm in my slow, downward slide in life I contemplate what's in store beyond the here/now. Though I'm not religious, there is a curiosity as to what the other side beholds. You didn't know what to expect after birth, so I'm sure the next plane will be even more interesting.


It would be great to enter a realm where the trials/tribulations of earth remain there. The tRump's/Kardashian crowd having descended to another level where shallow mindedness is never to be seen/heard from again. A place where all are accepted and nurtured to pursue their full potential.


I honestly believe the reason why earth doesn't receive alien transmissions is due to human destructive behavior. Our species has been exiled and denied a place at the Table of the Brotherhood, until our species renounces its eagerness to destroy one another and our habitat for worthless paper.

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Stan, I am reminded of Mark Twain's words on this, possibly paraphrased slightly: "I do not fear death. I was dead for 3.7 billion years before Ivwas born, and it did not inconvience me in the least."

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It certainly sounds like Twain, but you know that quote has never been pinned down as to the origin, probably in a conversation, but it definitely was not in any book or short story or identifiable lecture.


I often think of him when the tourists in Santa Fe, especially those from Texas, inevitably talk about the weather, as if that is expected and de rigeur and somehow interesting. I think it derives from an agrarian background, like grandparents and earlier?


Twain said "People talk and talk about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it...."

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Great article. I am reminded promptly of a few things. One, Steve Jobs last wotds, as relayed by his sister: "Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!" My wife's deceased husband's words that he said he would have on his tombstone: "I told you I was sick." And lastly, the article I wrote not long ago, titled, "Dropping out the backdoor of the universe." The latter due largely to the reports referenced from thousands of folks speaking of their near death experiences, seriously studied since Moody's original book.

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This sounds about right. lol

From a doctor I heard that people often say, "Oh f*ck, oh f*ck."

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John Lennons last words: Oh No Oh No

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