“People are desperate to know that their loved ones have crossed the threshold of death and that they are well and did not suffer. I am fascinated with our fascination with contacting those who have gone before us. As I watch these shows go through the motions of connecting with the dearly departed and help bring closure or enlightenment or whatever to the living, it dawns on me why people flock to this type of thing: guilt.
At the risk of making a blanket statement – and, certainly, there are exceptions – most of us are too busy to really connect with the people in our lives until it’s too late. Or we spend our very precious little time on Earth majoring in minor things with those close to us. Then, when the bell sounds the death knell, we seek out ways to know that the dearly departed are all right or that we are forgiven for some transgression – one that we most likely had the opportunity to clear up in person, but did not do so.
Death has a way of bringing forth what is important. No doubt, it’s a shock to lose a child or a spouse or a parent – and finding some type of relief is good for the soul. But it is also good for the soul to take the moments we have and make the most of them.”
John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”
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