A Meditation on Dying — Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer

"They say, ninety-one years old, it can't be helped. Almost they don't care, he's so old." These words appear on the first page of Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells. They are the words of Hiroko, Pico Iyer's wife, who calls him from Japan to tell him her father is dying. When we think … Continue reading A Meditation on Dying — Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer

What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying?

As a pastoral care worker for my parish I visit parishioners who are in assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. What strikes me each time I go on a pastoral visit is not just the vast differences in living conditions at some of the institutional housing, but, and perhaps even more than the differences relating … Continue reading What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying?