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Life After death
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cowgirlj    Posted 07-25-2003 at 10:46:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have this newspaper clipping that I carry around in my wallet. My Mom handed it to me the day after my eldest sister's funeral, and asked me if I would read it at her funeral when her time came. That was many years ago. I still carry the clipping around, and some day I will pass it on to one of my kids to read at my funeral too.
It goes like this:

At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.
When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don't call this my "deathbed!" Call it my "bed of life", and let my body be taken from it to let others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to a man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face, or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person who's own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who has been pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses, and all my prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my soul to God.

If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.

If you do all that I have asked, I will live forever.

Les    Posted 07-25-2003 at 11:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Organ donation should be encouraged and loudly. A couple years ago, I signed up to be a marrow donor. Must be there's been no matches yet because I haven't heard a word since. (I always suspected I was "matchless"!)
They better get me within the next 4 years because I don't think they want donors to be over 60.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-25-2003 at 10:51:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you...

Cindi    Posted 07-25-2003 at 11:07:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
That pretty much covers everything I would ever need or want to say on my death. Thanks cowgirl.

paynts    Posted 07-25-2003 at 11:19:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
That was very moving.
My husbands last wife passed away from a brain anurysm. Her organs were donated and she made an amazing difference in 5 lives.
The hospital did not add names but sent him a letter-did give the ages and information on the recipients and they all were doing well. I truly believe that made his grief a bit easier to cope with.
Remember to fill out those donor cards if your state offers them.
Thanks for the post cowgirl

Clod    Posted 07-25-2003 at 16:14:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont mind donateing myself.But I have known those who recieve the free organs get incredible bills for installation.

paynts    Posted 07-25-2003 at 17:33:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes transplants are an incredibly expensive thing. The costs for removal and getting the organs to the new patient and the subsequent surgical procedure to transplant them are very costly.

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