One cannot help but be deeply touched by the stories that flow out of Remembrance Day. Reading the newspapers, watching the T.V., seeing pictures and stories posted on Facebook. We all remember the legacy of individuals and their contributions and sacrifices for our present freedoms.
As we age, have failing health or are in the process of dying, we take time to reminiscence. In that time, we begin the work of understanding our legacy and our symbolic immortality.
What remains of our lives after we die?
How will I be remembered?
We want to know how we have contributed to the lives of those who are closest to us.
We want to think about how our lives will continue through our children.
We want to reflect upon how we have contributed towards a wider community.
We want to know if we have lived life well and had significant relationships.
We want to reflect the possibility of reunion and after life.
We ask the deeper questions about our personal significance, how we will ultimately be remembered and if there is the possibility of transcendence.
We may not have fought in a war and died unselfishly for a bigger cause, but each of us has left something behind that is significant.
This life review is important. If you are grieving, then take some time to thank the person (even though they have died) for the contributions they made in your life. If you are involved with someone who is dying, invite that person to reflect on his or her life. Help him or her get started by sharing how they have made an impact on your own life.
This is helping to create a Remember Me legacy.