A samurai should always be prepared for death - whether his own or someone else's.
No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply.
I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success.
Parenthood, like death, is an event for which it is nearly impossible to be prepared. It brings you into a new relationship with the fact of your own existence, a relationship in which one may be rendered helpless.
Only by being prepared for your death can you ever truly live.
There is only one way to be prepared for death: to be sated. In the soul, in the heart, in the spirit, in the flesh. To the brim.
Death, it seems," Garp wrote, "does not like to wait until we are prepared for it. Death is indulgent and enjoys, when it can, a flair for the dramatic.
When death comes, he respects neither age nor merit. He sweeps from the earthly existence the sick and the strong, the rich and the poor, and should teach us to live to be prepared for death.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.