Niina’s Grandmothers

Niina lives in Finland.  When she was being interviewed, I was taken with how calm and grounded she was.  She spoke of many things that changed her life but said that the thing that altered her the most was the death of her two Grandmothers.

Finland in the pastDeath  is one of the global main connections we have with each other. We are born and one day we will die.  In the video, Niina says,

  “It’s a shame that death is hidden from us.  The world- People are living their life as if there is no death.  It changes your values and the things you consider important.

The Korean tradition of dressing in white and celebrating the deceased person’s time and impact is an example how death can be viewed in a positive sense.  And then, so can Woody Allen who says,

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

During the editing of Niina’s interview, a friend and colleague of mine for the past 20 years lost her battle with cancer.  Loss, for most of us, makes the desire for connection one last time very strong and the reasonable expression about death nearly impossible.  “I’m sorry for your loss”, seems inadequate.

“Only when you accept that one day you’ll die can you let go, and make the best out of life. And that’s the big secret. That’s the miracle.”
― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper