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Your program on death did not touch on a question I have long wondered about. All of us would like to experience death in a meaningful way, as so beautifully described on your program. What happens, however, when the person dying is no longer the person they once were — when Alzeimers or severe brain damage, as in the Schiavo case, has robbed them of any semblance of their true self?

This touches on the question: there must be such a thing as the death of the self (or "soul"), as distinct from the death of the body. How can one mark and pay adequate tribute to this kind of death? My husband and I would like to thank you for your wonderful program, which is both thought-provoking and inspiring. We look forward to it every Sunday morning, and even put our Sunday papers aside to give it our full attention!