Not Embarrassed to Share About Death

by Christine Sine

Scott Simon with his mother – via Today news

In the last couple of days several people have sent me links to NPR host Scott Simon’s tweet feed about the death of his mother. Like me he has not been embarrassed to share openly the pain, the tears and the heartache of these final days. I read and cried through this poignant article of how his mother became the collective mother to 1.2 million people who followed Scott on twitter, finding great comfort in what he shared. Many of his followers I suspect remembered their own moments of loss and grief as they read what he wrote. Some I am sure will be better able to cope with death in the future as a result.

I too have been amazed by the comfort others find in my journey. It makes me realize how important it is to share these types of events. We are all vulnerable people, so afraid of death, embarrassed to share how deeply it scars us, afraid to admit the ache it leaves inside us. We go to great lengths to hide from it and to hide it from the world. Yet it is one of the few certainties of life.

Thank you for continuing to share this journey with me. I still have no idea how long my mother’s final journey will take. I would like it to be quick, I don’t want to see her suffer, but I also realize it is in God’s hands. Thank you for your prayers and support and comments – they are much appreciated.


Pat L July 31, 2013 - 4:20 pm

We continue to pray, Christine. I was with my maternal grandmother when she passed away, and made many visits to my paternal grandma and grandpa when they were in failing health. It is both profoundly sacred and profoundly wrenching to experience.

Angela Kantola July 31, 2013 - 5:48 pm

You are teaching so much to those of us who’ve yet to walk this road, Christine. Thank you. Praying for you and your mom.

Christine Sine July 31, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Thanks Angela – all prayers appreciated

Kristin July 31, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Thanks, Christine. Prayers continue, and if your stay there extends, know that all here will be well tended. Also, thinking of a chapter in the beautiful book Honoring the Body, which you would enjoy.

Christine Sine July 31, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Thanks and blessings

Jim Fisher July 31, 2013 - 7:18 pm

I can’t add anything to Angela’s comment. Ditto. Our spirits are all woven into the same mysterious tapestry through prayer. Joining hands and hearts from around the country and the world through cyberspace. *hugs*

Christine Sine July 31, 2013 - 11:10 pm


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