Creating a Life Mission Through Compassion

I have a personal interest in ways that we can live more loving, compassionate and empathetic lives.

Every once and a while a come across an article or blog that addresses this very concept.

Today I came across one called

“’Today We Are His Family’: Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone”

As the title implies a group of Boston teenagers are making a difference in their own way. They seek out those who died alone with no family to comfort them in their last days. They attend the funeral of the deceased “anonymous” person and act as pallbearers at the funeral. They create community for those who seem to have none or to have lost whatever community they had. It made me think about the purpose of living and the cyc;e of life.

 

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Many of the comments after the article were poignant, and often critical of the motivation, purpose, intention or benefit of this activity.

Here is the link to the full article.

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/25/463567685/today-we-are-his-family-teen-volunteers-mourn-those-who-died-alone?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20160131&utm_campaign=bestofnpr&utm_term=nprnews is posted at

He are a few comments posted on about the article.

“All acts of kindness and volunteerism should be appreciated, no doubt. But I wonder about this in perspective relative to other potential actions by these well-intentioned young men. Clearly, the deceased can’t appreciate their good will. To wit: he’s dead. Even in life, many who live alone chose to do so; sympathy for their isolation is mis-guided. And what if he was atheist — who benefits from a prayer in his honor? With the fact that there simply aren’t enough volunteers, wouldn’t these guys’ time be better served visiting an elderly shut-in who is alive and does crave the opportunity for a conversation? Or how about visiting a shelter and playing fetch with a dog who will be euthanized tomorrow due to no fault of its own? Volunteering to somehow improve another’s quality of life has real value IMO. This somehow seems like nothing more than free labor.”

 

“Just say ‘thank you’. This deed obviously meant a great deal to these young men, and a critique of their good intentions is not necessary. Just say “thank you”.

 

“Tell me this — other than making them feel good (which, be definition, would be selfish), what good did it do? What did it accomplish that resulted in benefit to others?”

 

“Actions such as these send a message to the living, that each life if worth something.”

 

“We should take every chance that we can to reaffirm that we are decent human beings. Many times the persons or animals we are performing a last act of kindness for are beyond caring or can not care, but the act selfishly helps us to maintain a feeling that we are decent members of humanity.”

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What are your thoughts about what they are doing here and why.

 

Here is a recording of Ray Charles about the cycle of life.

 

 

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He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

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