Mindful dying query

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While I was on a roll, talking about death and dying, meditation and mindfulness, I have a query that I hope you may be able to help solve.

I recall hearing a story or a piece of writing read to me, about a man who had chosen NOT to take pain relief as he approached dying, because he didn’t want to ‘miss the experience’. I’m curious to find out more about it, but I’m stumped.

I’ve yet to write about it, but I recently took a course in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, offered by the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service at the Maggie’s Centre in Nottingham. As reading helpful anecdotes to the group was part of the course, I was pretty sure that I had heard it there. But when I asked about it on the last day of the course, the leaders both looked blank. One of the other course participants thought she recalled it too, but no one else knew what I was talking about. So either, she and I heard it elsewhere together or separately (but I can’t think where that might have been), or she and I are both losing the plot… No comments please!

I’ve tried googling, but so far, to no avail, so I’m throwing it out there to see if anyone reading this knows what I’m on about…?

If you know exactly what I’m talking about, or if you can help at all, have any ideas, then please leave a comment, or if you prefer, send me a private message, using this form.

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1 Response to Mindful dying query

  1. I’m not sure if this can be attributed to one single person. I believe it’s a Buddhist tenet, and I also remember it being core to the Joseph Issels cancer clinic treatment in the 60s.
    One thing’s for sure – I’m not doing it! I’ll take whatever is available. I had to look up who said my favourite quote:
    “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen.


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