When death lurks, either imminent or final, we begin to reflect. We consider the person; we consider ourselves; we consider the bigger picture. We are willing to forgive and forget transgressions deep-seated through old grudges, reinforced by bitterness.
The finality of death drives us to the finality of all aspects related to the individual. There is a demand, a desire, a yearning for resolution, completion. We cannot be satisfied with the idea that anything can be left undone, unsaid, open-ended.
We struggle with our feelings, struggle with their sentiments.
We forget the most important thing at a moment we can least afford. Death is a certainty, for all of us. We need in times of death, both imminent and final, to celebrate the life.
Celebrate the life.