Social network for the dying
If you must live happily, you must die happily too. When we have so many social networks for the living, it is imperative that the dying needs such networks all the more. That is because of the simple reason that they (the dying) are helpless and can’t ‘carry on’ on their own. We must realise that they too have the right to express and share their views with the rest of their kind (dying) elsewhere in the world.
It was with this point in mind that a London-based software company has launched a social network for the dying. Called ‘My Last Wish’, it is a social networking application that will enable the dying to network with others of their kind anywhere in the world and have some “thrill of life” in their last moments.
The living have to take care of the dying as much as we do for the just born. In fact, the dying needs greater care and love because they are not going to be with us for long.
We must do all that we can to make them feel that “the best way to die is when you are living” (Alice Hoffman).
That means that one should be in a position to bid adieu to dear life happily and gratefully without any fear, attachment, regret or sense of loss. And we must make dying as beautiful as living. In other words, death should come when we are in the best of our mood and mind. And, if one is wise enough to realise before death that one has nothing to lose but gain all the way, then one has extended the art of living to the art of dying. Given this, one can say life was good, and death can be better. After all, death gives one deliverance from life’s so many difficulties that no one can be free from.
And, as Albert Camus said, one should learn while living that what is reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. After all, dying means one is completing and getting to the end of one’s journey of life. And coming to the end of any kind of journey is a good enough reason to be grateful and joyful for being past all those haps and mishaps!