What do Mormons believe about death, and how does this affect the way we live our lives?
One of my patients died a couple of weeks ago from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was a wonderful man, and I really loved having him as my patient, but I was always sad about the circumstances that made our paths cross. I remember the first time I explained the diagnosis to him, and his good-natured acceptance on that day and throughout his disease course was inspiring to me. From the very beginning he refused any kind of intervention aside from pain management, and he died a little over 2 years from the onset of his first symptom. At every clinic visit he made me laugh, and I will always remember the way he smiled in the face of death.
How could he smile in the face of death? Because he understood that death is not the end of life.
We have discussed the topic of death in several previous posts, but always in the context of some other topic. I want to hit it head on this time. What do Mormons believe about death, and how does this affect the way we live our lives? Continue reading