Intended for healthcare professionals

Practice A Patient’s Journey

Living with lymphangioleiomyomatosis

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c848

The Shadow of Death

Life is a terminal condition. Sooner or later, everyone dies. Each of us lives in
the shadow of death, while trying not to think of it. But some of us must
think about death, because of a life-threatening injury or illness. How can we
live while thinking about death? While death is frightening and depressing, it
is also clarifying and motivating. It helps us to focus on life and its limited
time-frame, so that we don’t waste time or take it for granted. Perhaps each
of us should spend more time thinking about our death, so that we don’t
waste our life. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA