Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

In Death We Find Life

deathIt’s a tragedy to see someone you love in pain, whether it’s emotional or physical. It’s even more of a tragedy to see someone you love lose a battle to death.

 This weekend, I lost a friend suddenly. He was someone who was genuine, in touch with other’s souls, but someone who never found his own soul.

 Death prompts us to do some soul searching, whether we want to or not. While remembering this special person, we surround ourselves with family, friends, and loved ones in an attempt to celebrate life, rather than death. What we actually do, though, is search through our own life, our own soul, in an attempt to hang on to hope for something more fulfilling.

 By discussing the life of the deceased, we experience fulfillment – we need a piece of this person still in our lives; we experience laughter by reliving the good times; we experience anger when questioning why and wonder how this could happen.

 It’s tragic to see someone so young, with so much potential, lose a future. It’s tragic to see someone who has yet to experience all the joys of life leave the Earth without fulfilling his dreams.

 What I have found is that through death, my friend helped me to find my soul, my purpose and led me to appreciate more the friends and family that have slipped away. I just wish he were here to join in the celebration of life – he would have enjoyed it.


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Oct. 4, 2009

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October 4, 2009 - Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , ,


  1. well said, shannon.

    Comment by Missy | October 4, 2009 | Reply

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