Dead Man’s Opinion ~ Instructions for Life

Aramis Thorn
3 min readApr 19, 2021

“How we handle death is a least as important as how we handle life.” — James T. Kirk

Greetings Dear Reader,

When John Donne thought that he was dying he wrote the immortal words of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The last words of people can often be filled with wisdom. Even fictional characters have a great deal to say about life when death stares them in the face.

A friend once asked, “if you fell from a great height, I wonder if you could resolve yourself to it enough to enjoy the ride?” When death approaches, it is just the conclusion of something we have known all our lives. We begin life owing a death. We move closer to that appointment with every passing instant.

When Carl, a teenager, in The Walking Dead knows he is dying. He writes letters to the adults in his life. What he encourages them to do is to seek peace, love, forgiveness, and restoration. He longs for them to set aside wrath and vengeance. He sees the potential for peace and love even when he is dying.

If our faith is real, then we can hear the words of Christ that tell us not to fear death. If we accept that death is our companion for the entire journey, we can prepare to welcome him when he arrives. If our faith is real then our fear of the unknown can be defeated. Our understanding can inform us that we face a transition, not an end.

I am not being morbid here other than the obvious truth that I am speaking of morbidity. I am trying to hone my faith so that I face the eventual with courage and strength. Since I have no control over the time when I will get the personal attention of my lifelong traveling companion. What I can control is my heart and mind showing love to the Father in his determination of the time and method of the event.

It is my obligation to handle death well so that I can leave hope for those still stranded here. We belong to eternity and that is where we are headed. Perhaps, if we follow Christ closely enough, we can leave behind encouragement that helps others to follow as well. We must not obsess over death any more than we must not obsess over anything else. It is vital, however, that we think about it intentionally, Dear Reader. I did write an entire book about it but that is just this dead man’s opinion.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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“How we handle death is a least as important as how we handle life.” — James T. Kirk