A persistent voice within says, “Why is this happening? Surely there is no reason for this!” As human beings of reason and logic, we tend to think there should be a purpose for everything that occurs.  This thought provides us with some defense against our feelings of helplessness and lack of control.  One of our most fervent challenges in life is to live fully even when we have so many unanswered questions.

Deathtoo soon?  We often have preconceived notions about how we should consider life as complete.  For some, it’s harder to accept the deaths of a ten-year child or thirty-year-old adult than it is to accept the death of an eighty-year-old.  Human logic and reason tell us that it’s really the eighty-year-old who had the most complete life because he lived the longest and experienced the most.   Yet despite our notions, it’s important to realize that every life is complete within its own right.  A complete life has only two necessary components:  birth and death.  Of course, we want to fill this time in between with more years, more goals, more accomplishments, but these are human desires.  We might feel that death came too soon to our loved one, but we can take comfort knowing that even if that life was brief, it had meaning and purpose, it was complete.