John O’Donohue – When Death Visits

Death is a lonely visitor. After it visits your home, nothing is ever the same again. There is an empty place at the table; there is an absence in the house. Having someone close to you die is an incredibly strange and desolate experience. Something breaks within you then that will never come together again. Gone is the person whom you loved, whose face and hands and body you knew so well. This body, for the first time, is completely empty. This is very frightening and strange. After the death many questions come into your mind concerning where the person has gone, what they see and feel now. The death of a loved one is bitterly lonely. When you really love someone, you would be willing to die in their place. Yet no one can take another’s place when that time comes. Each one of us has to go alone. It is so strange that when someone dies, they literally disappear. Human experience includes all kinds of continuity and discontinuity, closeness and distance. In death, experience reaches the ultimate frontier. The deceased literally falls out of the visible world of form and presence. At birth you appear out of nowhere, at death you disappear to nowhere. . . . The terrible moment of loneliness in grief comes when you realize that you will never see the deceased again. The absence of their life, the absence of their voice, face, and presence become something that, as Sylvia Plath says, begins to grow beside you like a tree.
—  John O’Donohue
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2 thoughts on “John O’Donohue – When Death Visits

  1. I don’t know if this is your personal opinion, but I disagree with we literally disappear, because our bodies may not be there, but we don’t disappear…our souls never die. Yes, we leave loved ones, but souls move on, must process different paths that each and every one of us must take.
    We don’t just come out of nowhere and disappear as if we are nothing..we are so much more, and some who wander the earth, never get it. Death is a process to another step the soul must take to in turn take more steps to progress in Life’s game….just my own personal thoughts on this quote….

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