the best way to die.


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goatboy smellz

Aug 18, 2014 - 02:55pm PT

East Bay, CA
Aug 18, 2014 - 03:45pm PT
Booger covered this.


Social climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
"It's a good day to die" (Klingon / bushido idea historically attributed to Sioux Chief, Crazy Horse).

Michael McCaskey said that there was Big Death, and little death. Big Death was the death of the body. Little death occurs when people's mental models of reality die. McCaskey said that both deaths had essentially the same impacts. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's stages of death apply equally to the process of the death of the body or the death of one's own ideas.

"Being here now" means living and dying without regret.

Applying Crazy Horse's adage to one's own beliefs would be a sign of courage.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Aug 23, 2014 - 12:17pm PT
Does it really matter? We're all going to get there someday. . .

Steve, that is a reasonable question.

I would assume that you've not been involved in a lot of deaths. I don't mean that as a put-down, I just think that is normal for most people.

Having been through hundreds, I will tell you that yes, it really matters.

I have seen people go quickly and quietly into the night.

I have also seen people go very slowly, losing all control of their bodies, and most unfortunately, NOT their minds, so they are totally aware of their infirmities, their indignities, who feel little but pain, but have lost the ability to scream. The seventh circle of Dante's Hell. The currently popular malady, ALS, is a good example of this.

They see the estates that they've worked their whole lives to pass onto their children get eaten up, along with their children's assets, and their grandchildren's assets.

Screaming, Screaming, Screaming-----but with no ability to say "make it stop"

climber's near nevada...
Aug 23, 2014 - 01:30pm PT
remember what it was like before you were born ? i bet death is a lot like that ;-)

(my friend bala said that, I won't take credit for it...)

don't fear death. fear DYING. animals get mercy killing, people get stuck on machines long after the soul has left the body...

East Bay, CA
Aug 23, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
No machines if you have an advanced directive or do not resuscitate order. Those are legally binding documents where people get to determine (somewhat) how they leave this world.

Too many people have no idea they can stipulate the care they would receive in the chance they can't speak for themselves. Don't leave this to chance if you don't want to be put onto machines. Get an advanced directive!! And, it's not just for the elderly.

Cling to what is good!
Aug 23, 2014 - 03:36pm PT
With faith in Jesus! :)

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Aug 23, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
100 years old with my skis on, sitting frozen on the side of a mountain with a sign in my hand saying.. have a nice day.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 23, 2014 - 10:10pm PT
Completely aware, surrounded by the people that I love
paul roehl

Boulder climber
Aug 23, 2014 - 11:30pm PT
There's no good way to die. Life ends in a bloody mess for everyone, and yet it (death) remains "that distinguished thing." In that end, and our unfortunate knowledge/awareness of it, lies our greatest motivation. Get Busy, the clock is ticking!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 1, 2014 - 09:41pm PT

Social climber
Elk Grove, CA
Sep 1, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
Breaking News!!!
Methuselah Thriveman, first man to live forever when asked about his freakish longevity reported, "Life goes on."


Sep 1, 2014 - 11:22pm PT
I'll probably go out the way I came in...screaming and covered in blood.

Sep 2, 2014 - 09:00am PT
I want to die like Grandpa - peacefully asleep.

Not like the other four screaming people in the car.

Trad climber
Sep 2, 2014 - 10:56am PT
All of my friends come to see me last night
I was laying in my bed and dying
Annie Beauneu from Saint Angel
Say "the weather down here so fine"
Just then the wind came squalling through the door
But who can the weather command
Just want to have a little peace to die
And a friend or two I love at hand
Fever roll up to a hundred and five
Roll on up, gonna roll back down
One more day I find myself alive
Tomorrow maybe go beneath the ground
See here how everything
Lead up to this day
And it's just like any other day
That's ever been
Sun going up and then
The sun going down
Shine through my window
And my friends they come around
Come around, come around
The people might know, but the people don't care
That a man can be as poor as me
Take a look at poor Peter, he's lying in pain
Now let's come run and see
Run and see
Run and see
Run, run and see, and see

Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2014 - 06:08am PT
in response to mary's unexplained
i'd like to author some day
my own immaculate death.

like an epiphany, turned inward.

read how it wasn't, in the obituaries;
or perhaps in an addendum
to the holey bible.
Mark Force

Trad climber
Cave Creek, AZ
Sep 12, 2014 - 06:35pm PT

Trad climber
Sep 13, 2014 - 09:43am PT
"I'd like to go to bed and wake up dead the next morning." ~My Pop. (exactly how he went, too!)

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Mar 27, 2015 - 09:39am PT
In a video taken 19 days before her assisted suicide death, Brittany Maynard tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under a doctor's care.

"Unfortunately, California law prevented me from getting the end-of-life option I deserved," she said in the recording released Wednesday, hours ahead of a Senate health committee hearing on the issue.

The 29-year-old California woman had terminal brain cancer and moved with her family to Oregon before killing herself last year in a death that drew widespread attention and has since recharged legislative efforts in California and elsewhere to make it legal for terminally ill patients to kill themselves with life-ending drugs.

"No one should have to leave their home and community for peace of mind, to escape suffering, and to plan for a gentle death," she said.


Mar 27, 2015 - 10:00am PT
Whoh, I was perusing the thread wondering how many of us have passed and caught the late Paul Humphery, posting as Disaster Master, post from 2010.

Dec 21, 2010 - 01:59pm PT
When I die
it won't be
from giving up.

When I finish this Thing,
or It finishes me,
I will be burnt to ashes.
Then mixed with magnesium.

I will be packaged in small mesh balls,
labeled with sarcasm, and prepared for distribution.

Then on fine day, when all who care gather cliffside
at an unimportant stone set in my heart,
they will grab my balls and place them gently in their chalk bags.

Then they will climb, climb, climb,
and grind me into the holds of my favorite creations.

But that's not all. My balls will travel in my friends sacks all over the world. I will be ground into the classics I have never seen, and could only imagine completing.

It will be the final road trip to everywhere. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Paul, I have your last will and testament chalk ball with your ashes packed and ready for a world class adventure this weekend. Heading where I do not believe any human being has ever trod. The intransigence of life permeates my soul.

2 weeks ago:
Paul's Ball started a new route last weekend. I ate some of the crusty...
Paul's Ball started a new route last weekend. I ate some of the crusty dark Lichen and it was tasty once it softened up due to my saliva.
Credit: couchmaster
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