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As Mother entered her nineties, she sometimes was asked about dying.
Mother had no fear of dying. She called it “the next great adventure.” What she could not tolerate were all the euphemisms people used for death.
“Why in the world would someone say they ‘lost’ somebody?” Mother would ask. “Why, that would just be careless! Why can’t people just say someone died?”
She had other notions about death and dying. Speaking at a friend’s funeral, Mother said she believed that, when you die and you get your hearing before God, he doesn’t ask if you obeyed the commandments. He doesn’t ask if you led an exemplary life. He simply asks, “Did you have a good time?”
What a marvelous way of looking at life and death.
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