Thank you, Mildred.
Here is the comment I left on Bill's post:
Thank you for this very thoughtful post. Our mortality is a common thread that should by all rights unite us and bind us together in one humanity with each and every other mortal on the planet. Rather, we seem to ignore it and not see it as conveying a precious quality and quantity on each and every life. This in itself is a fact worthy of grief, and we are surrounded by it. It pervades our social interactions. A true REALization of our common mortality would give rise to compassion and generosity. Yet we are bound to social conventions that place death in the category of taboo.
On a lighter side - I had this LOL moment when news reached me via a tweet (how else?) that Jane Russell had died at age 89 my first thought was: "How young to die!" -it just popped into my brainbox, and I thought 89 young! How funny!
Years ago when I was corresponding with Anais Nin and she was facing her own rapidly vanishing time on the planet I wrote an essay called "The Two Faces Of Death" - she had her publisher use it as an Afterword to her book "Seduction Of The Minotaur" - Time to re-read that and to reflect on the subject you treat here. My mind since childhood has never strayed far from reflections on mortality. It is, finally, what quickens us into an awakening -or not.
& here is Bill Young's post "On Grief and Grieving" from "Okie Reads" >