Death is never welcome, but death is a reality in life. Death can come suddenly without warning or we can know that someone is going to die? In hospice, a death is referred to as “expected.” The expectation is usually six months or less to be admitted to hospice, but that may vary from state to state.
The period of time before an expected death gives the patient and family time to plan and prepare. This is referred to as “anticipatory grief.” With sudden death, there is no time to plan or prepare. Shock is your only ally when death comes without warning.
Whether death is sudden or expected, it comes. Death is a part of life. Looking at death in that light, we could say that, from birth, death is expected. I am not saying to live your life with death on your mind. I am saying to live your life. Do the best you can to make every day matter. Know God’s peace. Love others beyond any doubt; let no one wonder if you love them. Never let the sun set on your anger.
“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
(Psalm 144:4 NKJV)