The discovery today that many older people in hospital are kept alive through resuscitation against their expressed wishes if they suffer, for example, cardiac arrest, is causing understandable concern in the UK: it is graceless and thoughtless, and tarnishes the beauty of the dying process when your soul is released to fly free once again, until the next time. Dying in hospital can be a cold and lonely experience anyway for the patient and the family, and to force your heart to continue to beat, unnecessarily and unwantedly, is invasive, distressing, and unkind.
For your soul, though, nothing can stop its journey Home if that is what it has determined. Ironically, as the doctors work to keep your body alive it often is the case that your soul is leaving anyway, and the vehicle of your soul has lost its passenger. Beneath the fading physicality there is nothing there, and it may help your grieving loved ones to know that the heart of who you are is alive and well as it crosses the dimensional divide between heaven and earth.
Why, then, do so many people die, in British hospitals, without dignity and with their right to die ignored? Each case is individual, personal, and teaches much to all who are a part of the experience: also, as awareness grows of the abuse which can occur in the dying process, so there is the opportunity to learn about death and to remember the soul journey, to see death as the most important rite of passage there is, and to honour the one whose journey is under way once more. We have chosen to forget so much, and it is time for the human race to remember.]]>