The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge his own death, with the charwoman, the laundress, and the undertaker stealing his possessions. The only people showing any emotion over Scrooge’s death are a couple who owe him money, who are now released from that debt.
Scrooge sees his own tombstone and unkempt grave. He also sees the Cratchit family mourning Tiny Tim’s passing. Scrooge begins to cry out against this future. This isn’t what he wants!
Isn’t it funny that coming face-to face with death is what brings us truly to life?
As Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A wo/man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
The 5 Daily Reflections include contemplating aging, illness, death, impermanence, and karma. Every day.
Contemplating A Christmas Carol leads us right into reflections on death and karma. We are listening to or watching the story of Scrooge, but it could just as well be ourselves.