Moments before death

Published: August 4, 2012

The few seconds, in which her life flashed before her eyes, carried just one thing- the purest moments of simply ‘being’. DESIGN: ERUM SHAIKH

 Screeching tires. A blood curdling scream. A crash.


Laughter. Small hands holding on tight. The world going round and round. Grass. Hair. A hill. Joy.


Whispers. A touch. A look. Bliss.


“Mommy, catch me!”

Feet stomping. Squeals of delight. A hug.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Sunset. Sand. Water. Family. Serenity.

“We are going to lose her.”

Light. And peace.

No to-do lists. No important business. No homework. No rush to conquer the world.

The few seconds, in which her life flashed before her eyes, carried just one thing- the purest moments of simply ‘being’.


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T Hassan

T Hassan

The author is a writer, dreamer, social activist and a Communications Major at California State University. She does Social Media and Marketing for various non-profit organizations and blogs at

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    what is this supposed to be? Fiction? Non-Fiction? Something to make me think?

    Why has this even been posted? Who approves this?Recommend

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    best thing about this piece is that it ends before it even starts, so no time wasting and a beautiful read.

  • Madiha

    wow beautiful! makes you realise the importance of simple things in life :)
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  • Hashmi

    masterpiece if understood … but it will be the declaration There is only One God and Muhammad MPBUH is his messenger ..will be the only important thing then,, all else materialistic and useless for the real eternal life about to begin…Recommend

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    Really enjoyed it. Clearly not everyone has the emotional depth/basic intelligence to even try and understand it, and everybody is a critic, but bravo!Recommend

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    Interesting. Blog ends before it starts but still conveyed the message.

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  • Imad Uddin

    I wish that the meaning of death could be as beautiful as this and I wish that nature of humans was limited to simply “being”… Well writtenRecommend

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    Beautifully expressed.Powerful and thought provoking in just a few lines the writer accomplished the huge task of and making you stop and think about what really matters in life. Well done.I appreciated how the parrallel worlds of past…happy moments vs present last moments before death were portrayed. Super!!!Recommend

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    I thought im the only one who is not getting what is written!! but no, there are many :) m glad :DRecommend