For life and death are one

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

From Khalil Gibran’s “On Death”

Today my great-uncle left this world after a painful struggle with Alzheimer’s that lasted over a decade.

It was during his fight against this relentless disease that I was exposed to the appalling state of some of our hospitals and the general apathy toward mental illness. Most of us are misinformed and the lack of awareness is a real obstacle when trying to detect Alzheimer’s. I hope Kuwait organizes campaigns to tackle this issue.

This short post is in honor and the memory of my uncle whose struggle brought me to tears time and again and made me feel completely helpless. Here is my humble contribution: please click here to read about Alzheimer’s.

اللهم أغفر له وارحمه وعافه واعفو عنه واكرم نزله ووسع مدخله واغسله بالما والثلج والبرد ونقه من الذنوب والخطايا كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس

5 thoughts on “For life and death are one

  1. My thoughts are with you and your family, Fatmah. I hope you take comfort in the fact he is now in a much better world, far from the chaos that we only know.

  2. Pingback: “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory” « F. scribbles

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