September 22, 2012
I never experienced death first-hand, nor has death happened abruptly in our immediate family but I have seen the damage that it leaves on people. Nothing is guaranteed, except that we will all eventually die and it is a scary thought for many people. Somehow, the fact that we unfortunately can’t avoid death makes us all want to avoid it even more. Although, once you find the courage to acknowledge it death will become real, and then all you have to do is deal with the emotions that comes with it. Some people may feel that they can avoid it but you can’t pretend that death has never happened because that person is really gone. I will discuss a few instances where I had to cope with losing some things close to my heart. Although it is a terrible feeling, I can honestly say that I learned a great deal from each circumstance. As I sit here trying to remember my earliest experience with death, I recall on the time that my hamster, Chewy had passed away. I was 9 years old and was in a strange part of my life. I was never popular in school and didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. Chewy was my best friend and cheered up me whenever I felt down. His warm fuzzy coat always made the hairs on my arms stick up whenever he would brush by me so fast; and the way he way would nudge all throughout my hair till he was completely stuck brought laughter to my ears. One day after school I rushed home to put Chewy in his ball and he could barely push it forward. Only being 9 years old I had no idea what was wrong and quickly called out to my mother. After a few days Chewy lost most of his hair and his personality was out of the picture. I was horrified the morning when I awoke to find him laying dead in his wheel not responding to my call. My mother and I made a cross and buried him in the backyard underneath her rose bush. She was there for me and gave me plenty of time to work through my many emotions....