Near-Death, Near-Life and Real-Life Experiences

August 13, 2014 2:20 PM

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Not long ago, and just weeks apart, I crossed paths with two people who cheated death. Both people had rare ailments that almost killed them. One woman spent several weeks in a coma, and the other's heart stopped, and he needed a little jolt of electricity to bring him back to life. I thought about how frightening it must be to get that close to leaving this world.

After hearing about these near-death moments, I couldn't help thinking about my mortality. Woody Allen and Irish writer/comedian Spike Milligan have both been credited with saying, "I am not afraid of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens," which is about where I stand on the subject.

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