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Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Leona Walton

Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Leona Walton

Leona Walton

How old do you want to live to be? 

I have no particular age in mind.

I would think when I start to lose my freedom of movement. 

Do you have a fantasy funeral? 

I’d like to be celebrated through images and films, through audio somehow. After, I’d like everyone to go outside and enjoy my presence Emanating through the sunlight.

What scares you the most about dying?

Not remembering Krsna

What would your 3 pieces of wisdom be for those left behind?

It’s not you that died it’s them, lessons are to be learned not to be resentful of, and just because you didn’t say it doesn’t mean they didn’t know

If you had a destination funeral where would it be?

Vrindavan

Open casket wake? Burial? Cremation? 

Cremation

If cremation, where would you want your ashes spread?

An ocean, a forest, any place filled with vastness of natural matter

Top 5 songs to play at your funeral?

It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine by Willie Johnson, Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison, Stormy by Gabor Szabo, All I do by Stevie Wonder, The Donut of the Heart by J Dilla, but I’ll probably burn a CD for everyone.

If you could live forever, would you want to?

Absolutely not, why must we prolong suffering?

Where do you think you go once you die?

Wherever the next lesson we have to learn is

If there is a heaven, who are 3 people you would like to hang out with?

Nina Simone, Queen Kunti, and Bob Marley

Do you believe in ghosts?

I believe in spirits

If reincarnation is real, what do you want to come back as?

I hope not to come back here.

I hope to go back to godhead

What are three words you hope people use to describe you when you are gone?

Well, I’d like to be known as whatever people perceive me as. My existence will be whatever those choose for me to mirror back at them.

Biggest regret in life?

Absolutely nothing, why regret the things we can’t change and did for reasons that mattered to us at one point?


For those who have lost people they love

What are the top 3 things that helped you through grief?

Time, letting myself feel what my body was telling me I needed to feel and friends.

Best advice someone gave to you?

Stop suppressing your emotions it’s sadistic

Did meditation, friends, food help you the most?

At the time I didn’t meditate, honestly just letting time run its course, making myself open to grief, mourning and the realization of divinity. That the cycle of life will leave no one untouched. We all come and we all go. Cultivating great fullness for my time shared with the ones I loved.