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Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport

June 4, 2024

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray

After a sudden death, the foundations of our world are shaken. Death is inevitable, but a sudden death shocks our system like nothing else. It can traumatize us and disorient us emotionally and spiritually.

DesiderataThe experience is so traumatizing that nothing seems stable anymore. We start to inhabit a world clouded in uncertainty with little hope for the future. “What will go wrong next?” you wonder. We’re overcome by more than anxiety. We’re overcome by fear.

How do you live in a world where the naturally accepted order of things is suddenly turned upside down? A world where what you thought were certainties have become uncertainties. Your world is no longer ordered. Overnight it has become chaotic.

One way is to try to reorient your approach to life and live in the moment. The present moment is the only assurance any of us has. The present moment is where healing takes place. The future is always uncertain and formidable if we concentrate on it too much, but the present moment is manageable.

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The poem “Desiderata” offers wisdom for our journey: “Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.”

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