Do you want a remarkable death? How would you want it to be?

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    Apr 29, 2013 7:32 AM GMT
    I hope to live a very full life, with many accomplishments and the chance to create a lot of great pieces of art along the way.

    The other day I was reading about Jeff Buckley and learned about his sudden, tragic drowning death. And it made me realize: that's a crazy way to go. And that makes for ultimately a great story. I'd hate to be dying slowly and insignificantly in a hospital bed somewhere. That just sucks.

    My wish is that my death would happen to me during the middle of a performance. It could be a heart attack, or a stroke, diabetic coma, or I may get shot murdered, or maybe there's an accident involving a gun blank, or I fall from a height. Something while I'm either content in my singing or playing an instrument. It means I would be best remembered for doing those things. And it's just spectacular, and really something you don't see everyday. Not that you see someone die often, but if it happens, you might as well go out with a bang.

    Would you want some kind of tragic, remarkable death in your lifetime? And how do you imagine it happening?
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    Apr 29, 2013 7:41 AM GMT
    like this:
    http://youtu.be/nA4_zCod9cM?t=11s
  • Webster666

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    Apr 29, 2013 7:44 AM GMT
    I don't want to be stabbed to death, or drown.
    But, I do want to die suddenly.
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    Apr 29, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    I think I'd prefer the slow, adaptive dying process. It's already started so there's no avoiding it. When you look long enough, it's really beautiful.

    Not too long ago I was at one of the most memorable performances I've ever attended-- Menahem Pressler with Christof Pregardien performing Die Winterreise. *Such a cutting-edge performance practice, and ironically Schubert's 'close-to-death' piece.

    Pressler is 89 years old and played the Schubert with such childlike trust and innocence but also like a vigorous stallion. He's closer to death than birth, but magically transformed himself. He'll be remembered for accomplishments, not for death. That's how I'd like to go-- just keep doing what I'm doing.
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    Apr 29, 2013 12:25 PM GMT
    I want to go quietly in my sleep, just like my grandfather.





    Not screaming in terror like the passengers on his plane!icon_lol.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 29, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    From my perspective ANY death will be remarkable when it happens to me.
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    Apr 29, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    Murder / Suicide
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    Apr 29, 2013 1:32 PM GMT
    If the Buddha was correct that failure to subdue ego accounts for so much delusion, and if consciousness continues beyond the body, then perhaps a most unremarkable death might better suit realization in the bardo.

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  • MikeW

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    Apr 29, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    Not sure about "remarkable" but I would like to die with dignity. That, to me, means with as little medical intervention as possible.

    I've seen death close up several times in my life. To me, the most "remarkable" was my father.

    Up to his being on his death bed we had never gotten along and never seen eye-to-eye about anything. We'd had a truly horrible father / son relationship. However, something about his coming into close contact with mortality changed him, opened him. We were able to actually connect on a truly deep level and communicate for the first time. I'd always loved my father despite our differences and all the years of emotional abuse I'd received from him but those few hours together changed my whole relationship with him and I'm very grateful for that.

    Death is for letting go of everything and everyone you know including your own fear of the infinite and unfathomable abyss. It either annihilates you or brings you peace -- or perhaps they're the same thing. But in any case, however it happens, it is inevitable and we should all live accordingly, valuing this gift of life.
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    MikeW saidNot sure about "remarkable" but I would like to die with dignity. That, to me, means with as little medical intervention as possible.



    +1. I totally agree with you Mike!
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    i wanna die hard for real.
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    venue35 saidSomeone jumped in front of the subway train as it was coming the other day and was instantly killed. That takes guts.
    That happens every day. Did you witness it?
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    Apr 30, 2013 10:35 AM GMT
    I want to fall off a building with my body parts splattering everywhere on the ground in a circle.
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    Apr 30, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    deltalimen said
    Not too long ago I was at one of the most memorable performances I've ever attended-- Menahem Pressler with Christof Pregardien performing Die Winterreise. *Such a cutting-edge performance practice, and ironically Schubert's 'close-to-death' piece.

    One legendary case of death by music was Leonard Warren who died onstage at the Metropolitan Opera while singing "O Urna Fatale."
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    Apr 30, 2013 12:37 PM GMT
    I want to die at home in my bed surrounded by my family and friends, being able to say goodbye. the cause is of no real importance, I am sure it will be painful and there will be morphine involved but the most important thing is being with the ones I love which will give me courage to accept death.



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    Apr 30, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    I don't want to die while awake. For some reason, the idea of being completely lucid one second and then non-existent the next is terrifying. It probably has something to do with my dislike of corpses with their eyes open. That blank stare is haunting, almost like they're forever frozen in time at the moment of their death...suffering, even though you know they're nothing but empty husks now.

    No...would much rather already be asleep when it happens.