Memento Mori

Memento Mori
11/12/13
Michael Gollin

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Dead —

No longer alive.

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The dead —

All the people who once lived.

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Remember the dead –

How the living relate to their origin and destiny.

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We remember the dead —

A communion with family, friends, colleagues and compatriots.

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Do we remember the dead?

A challenge that keeps us centered and humble.

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How do we remember the dead?

The way they asked.
Celebrating the lives they led, their work, spouses, children.
Kind words, spiritual practices, grief, graves, and graveyards.
Laughter and forgetting what’s best forgotten.
Stories told, pictures taken.
Transmuting memories into new relationships and shared experience.
Homes built, wealth achieved and heirlooms passed on.
Struggles and troubles survived.
Battles waged, achievements won, institutions that live on.
Good deeds done, works published, songs sung, art displayed and athletic triumphs.
Mementos, monuments, and memorials.
The way they would want.
The way you would want when you are gone.

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