The death of a loved one takes a lot out of us. A floodgate of thoughts and emotions open in all corners and we can’t help but fail to comprehend what we think and how we feel. Despite wishing we never have to deal with it, death is a fact of life. Whether it’s all too sudden or an anticipated event, it’s still beyond overwhelming.
We deal with death in many ways. Some of us lock ourselves up in our room and left the days drift away. Others find solace in spending time with loved ones or getting away from it all. Many of us turn to songs to help us make sense of how we feel during these trying times.
There are a lot of songs that speak of loss, death and overcoming it. One is My Last Breath by Evanescence.
What makes this song stand out is that the singer speaks as though s/he is about to depart this world. Let’s go ahead and explore the meaning behind the verses.
Hold on to me love
You know I can’t stay long
All I wanted to say was
I love you and I’m not afraid
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me in your arms
When we deal with someone dying, we want to spend as much time with the person as possible. We want to make every minute count because the thought of losing this person ends up becoming unbearable. We are rendered weak but thanks to the strength of our dying beloved, our pain is somehow relieved.
The dying becomes the light in the darkness that we are in right now. They give us the assurance that they are ready to face the inevitable, that they are brave to face this tumultuous phase of their lives and we too, must gradually accept their fate no matter how difficult.
Holding my last breath
Safe inside myself
Are all my thoughts of you
Sweet raptured light,
It ends here tonight.
The dying speaks to us through these lines, telling us that they’ve had a good life and are grateful to have spent time with you and their loved ones while they were still alive and well. In turn, we are reminded of all the good times we had with this person, all the ups and downs we learned from the person through love, friendship and/or intimacy.
As painful as it may seem, there is a glimmer of hope knowing that our dearly beloved will soon be in God’s arms, safe from all the harms of this world and finally be at peace in another lifetime. No longer will they have to suffer from worldly pains. Somehow and in some way, it’s a soothing and reassuring feeling that something good will come out of this.
I’ll miss the winter
A world of fragile things
Look for me in the white forest
Hiding in a hollow tree (come find me)
I know you hear me,
I can taste it in your tears.
This is the moment when the dying reminisces everything they’ve been through in this world, particularly those days spent with you and their loved ones. They may be departing sooner than you will. However, the song reminds us that in another time and place, we will see each other again feeling much more at peace, fulfilled and loved.
Death is a tireless inevitable fact of life. However, learning to face the music allows us to accept it in a better way. We all have our own means of dealing with the dying and death. Hopefully, we can always remember that death is not the end; that surely one day, you and your beloved will meet once more.
Closing your eyes to disappear
You pray your dreams will leave you here,
But still you wake and know the truth –
No one’s there.
Death is the grandest tragedy there is. No matter how prepared we think we are, we still end up feeling that big hole inside of us getting bigger and much more hollow. It comes as strong, unwavering waves that sweep us constantly for a very long time.
Say goodnight, don’t be afraid
Calling me, calling me, as you fade to black.
The dying, as s/he takes his/her final breath, reminds us to not be afraid. The person tells us to be ready and to be brave for what’s to come. Surely, you won’t be alone in your struggle.
It will be painful because the person mattered to you. However, it doesn’t mean that everything else becomes hopeless and meaningless. You may feel this way now but trivial as it sounds, things will get better.