Would you want to know?

A friend of a friend is sick. Dying. Body riddled with cancer. Months to live.

He’s not young, but not old, and by all accounts he’s a good guy. He’s told people that he wants to hear now, whatever they were planning to say after he was gone.

He’s a religious man. His whole family are. Their faith must be consoling them.

But it must be a horrible thing to deal with.

I’m not sure I’d want to know.

No, on second thoughts, I would want to know. I wouldn’t want to waste my last days/weeks/months of time on Earth.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “Would you want to know?”

Why does he want to know what poeple are going to say about him when he is dead? I’d have better things to worry about. I also wouldn’t be wasting time praying to god. God seems to have the time to watch for the slightest sin and send people to hell, but not to help someone dying a slow death from cancer.

Actually – I apologise for being so cynical. The poor guy doesn’t need me to question his thoughts or his faith while he is dying. I really hope he finds his peace.

hmm yes. I wouldn’t expect him to be reading here (I don’t know him), but I wouldn’t begrudge him his faith (or anything else for that matter) in the circumstances.

My husband passed away last November from a very quick cancer, and I can understand why your friend of a friend wants to know what people will say.It gives people the chance to tell him how and what they feel about him and they wont be saying afterwards “Oh I wish I said ..” Whilst a quick death from cancer might make peole feel cheated (not being able to say goodbye etc) its better on everyone concerned – the patient, the partner, the children and everyone else. They dont have to sit and watch someone go slowly.

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