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Caregivers Who Have Lost Someone
BIRTH AND DEATH
mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after
replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we
are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first.
“There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t
know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs
and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t
The first replied, “That is
absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The
umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical
cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I
think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we
won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense.
And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there?
Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but
darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said
the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother?
You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where
is She now?”
The second said, “She is all
around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live.
Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t
see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied,
“Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can
perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from