We, as practitioners of life cultivation, are mostly retired and senior persons. Compared to younger people, death is more imminent for us. We tend to read about how other people of our age will face death. Here is a widely-circulated story about how Professor Chen faced her last days in life.
Part one to part three of this article were excerpts of what Professor Chen had written before her death. It was essentially her philosophy of life.
The following part talked about how she died and some thoughts about life and life cultivation.
03 The end of a life
In April 2017, Professor Chen turned 96 years old. At this time, various diseases came one after another. First came the attack of kidney cancer, accompanied by uremia and anemia cavity infarction. In addition, there was a fall and a small stroke. The body’s organs quickly deteriorated.
At first, Professor Chen was able to insist on semi-self-care, but finally her legs became stiff in September. She felt uncomfortable all over, lying on bed and unable to get to the ground.
The children tried their best to persuade her to go to the hospital. However, Professor Chen refused to go to the hospital for treatment. She refused medication or injections or intravenous drips. She tried to massage herself and do some leg exercises, hoping to walk again.
The daughter asked the family doctors and friends for advice, and they all said frankly: “At such an old age, I’m afraid the disease is irreversible.”
The children hired a nanny for her, who took turns to guard her 24 hours a day, and this is exactly life without quality that Professor Chen hated.
She instructed her daughter.
First, don’t inform the school.
Second, don’t notify relatives and friends.
Third, don’t let anyone come to visit.
She only hoped that she would leave this world faster and try not to drag others down along the way. She asked her daughter to help her, but it was difficult for her daughter to agree, not to mention that China’s law does not allow euthanasia. So Professor Chen decisively decided to end her life in her own way.
On October 17, Professor Chen started fasting. When her daughter brought a well-cooked meal to her, she said she could not eat, and covered her mouth to prevent others from force-feeding it. Seeing her firm eyes, her daughter had no choice but to take away the food with tears in her eyes.
Kidney cancer started to cause waist pain, so she always put her hands against her waist when she slept, and did not take painkillers.
On the 18th, Professor Chen continued to fast and she only drank water.
On the 19th, the daughter rushed the sesame paste and brought it to her mother who had been hungry for three days. Professor Chen actually finished eating in one go. However when her daughter brought food to her again, she firmly refused.
On the 20th, Professor Chen could neither eat nor drink. Her mind is still very clear. She could not speak, so she wrote down her requests such as helping her to turn over or urinating.
On the 21st, Professor Chen continued to skip water and food. Early in the morning she could still get up with the help of the caregiver. At 5:13 pm Professor Chen finally exhausted all her energy and closed her eyes peacefully.
It was a shock for a lot of people to learn about Professor Chen’s final days. They thought it takes a lot of courage and a strong will to end her own life by fasting.
However, for practitioners of life cultivation like us, we agree whole-heartedly with Professor Chen. We agree that we should take care of our body by ourselves, hence the need for Mustang Body Cultivation practice. We agree that we should not be afraid of death, hence the need for Mustang Mind Cultivation practice. We agree that we should go faster. We agree that we should not drag others down with us. We agree that we should die with dignity and grace.
God, please help us. Let the government know that our wishes should be honored. Do not let the doctor and hospital force us to live longer by artificial means in the name of humanity, but actually for a profit motive.
No one can escape death, may we all walk away with dignity?
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Folks, that is all for now. If you think this article may be beneficial to your friends and loved-ones, feel free to forward this article to them. Life cultivation is mostly for older people with declining body health. If you are young and energetic, this may not be your cup of tea. However, if you have family members or friends who are middle-aged or older, they may want to practice life cultivation to maintain a life without pain or medication.
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