On ‘the honor of dying’

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

In telling the story of Karen Axeen, 57, of Apple Valley, KARE 11 reporter Lindsey Seavert invoked a powerful phrase — four words that can change the way we look at the world and our mortality: “the honor of dying.”

So it’s not surprising that the story that followed was filled with unimaginable grace.

Axeen spent most of last year in the hospital, she reports.

This year Axeen wrote her story.

“In celebration of this life I’ve lived, as a way of keeping my memory alive, I ask that you go out into the world and be of service to someone in need. Help them out. Make them smile. Shine your light as only you can. And let that joy we create together be the light that continues to guide you home,” she said.

  • KariBemidji

    Very few news stories stick with a person over the years. Mark Daly’s beautiful organ donation saga from a few years ago is one. I believe this story will also take up precious space in my brain. I stopped what I was doing last night to watch and listen. What a wonderful gift to her family and herself.

  • Bob Sinclair

    To me this is chaplaincy on steroids. Which is not a bad thing. And BTW this is good for those who know that they will be dying soon. What would be good is for folks to have some of this stuff ready in case of a sudden death.