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Amidst a wilderness of mourning, a fortress of courage

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As I compose these words, I am aware of two women who are accompanying their loved ones on their final journeys. One is a wife, providing care to her terminally ill husband. The other is a daughter, who is spending the remaining moments of her father’s life with him.

In such circumstances, the intensity of the emotions experienced can be overwhelming. The overwhelming sensation of sadness that overwhelms the soul. The profound sense of regret for opportunities that were not seized. The chilling realisation that the inevitable farewell will occur all too soon.

These women exemplify fortitude and resilience in the face of mortality. Despite the acute reality of their situation, these women are able to maintain a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity. They are able to interact with their friends and colleagues in a manner that is both cheerful and supportive, despite the emotional distress they are experiencing.

Nevertheless, at such times, there is also a distinctive grace that illuminates the desolate landscape of mourning. This realization is the understanding of the intrinsic, unquestionable value of life, encompassing its multifaceted nature and the conviction that life is worthy of being lived. It is possible to express gratitude for past celebrations and to acknowledge the value of shared memories.

These two women are witnesses to the lives of their loved ones. They serve as a source of encouragement, even in those final, challenging moments when the prospect of eternity looms. They are the caregivers who facilitate the transition of their beloveds to the afterlife.

Serving as a bystander in such circumstances is undoubtedly challenging, yet it also carries a sense of nobility. In living life to the fullest, these individuals are teaching us all how to live. Furthermore, they are imparting the lesson that each life is to be cherished and safeguarded until the point of natural death.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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