Here is a lovely post from Michael Prescott's Blog about how two very famous individuals, John Wayne and Arthur Conan Doyle, faced their own deaths, titled "A Tale of Two Deaths."
The story of Wayne's futile struggle with cancer and his refusal to even acknowledge the possibility of his death is heartbreaking. Benevolantly, MP presented us with the wonderful and uplifting tale of Doyle's final days afterwards. When I got to the point where I saw Doyle's last words, to his wife, my eyes nearly teared up.
Michael ends with the following:
"Cicero, as quoted by Montaigne, said, "To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare oneself to die." We moderns have forgotten this ancient wisdom. We ought to remember. "
I couldn't agree more.