The comment of “it all is happening so fast,” comes from family members I work with almost every day! The “it” that comes so fast are the final physical changes that precede death.
The normal conversations and the usual daily routines or abilities to respond with words or eye contact stop as people are literally at the end of their life. They become unresponsive. This phase of dying is called “actively dying.”
Life as you know ceases, and the losses of conversation and interaction can go really fast. One moment you can hear their words and know they hear you back. Then the next moment they no longer can talk with words and the living realize physical death is near.
Taking advantage of life while we have an opportunity is a lesson we learn every day. The questions can be asked, do we really value our alive time? Are we seizing the moments? What are we doing with the life lessons we are learning?
I place a plea to you all not to live in regrets. When you find yourself in that time frame of “it is all going so fast,” maybe you could be the one who says something like…”please don’t slow me down, I want this part to go So Fast!”