Don’t be afraid


When my father was sick I was with him in the hospital one night he had a crisis he almost died, but the doctors saved him. When he began to feel bad he asked me to call the doctor and to help him pray, he was aware he could die. I did what he asked me. Next morning, he was better and we were talking about what happened. He asked me:

– Were you scared?

– And you?

– Don’t be scared because I’m not afraid of death

I was scared and I was, I’m afraid of death. I thought about how confident was my father on prayer, how big was his faith in God and how far away was I from him.

He died peacefully, surrounded by all of us, holding my mother’s hand. It was the saddest moment of my life but full of peace because he was at peace.

I learned  the importance to have your conscience at peace each day of your life in everything you do, as my father did, no matter how difficult could be.

Now, reading his diaries I can see that in his troubled and difficult life it was not easy at all, but he struggled and he won the last battle. My life is very easy in comparison. I have to learn to live with the same faith and integrity in my circumstances, because I want to die as my father did: with peace.

PS: I already wrote a post about my father diaries: “Fighting hate” in which I describe another moment of learning. He is not around any more but he is still teaching me with his example. Thank you, dad.

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Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist and writer. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Author of a biography. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

9 thoughts on “Don’t be afraid

  1. Christina says:

    this was really lovely–and moving. it brought tears to my eyes as I reflected on my grandmother’s passing, just three months ago. I was with her when she took her last breath. it’s so hard. but. she died so peacefully and I know, I believe, she’s in a better place.

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      I’m sure she is in a better place. I hope I didn’t make you sad. I know It is hard, but at the end you can treasure so many great moments and teachings…. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. Borneo Pulse says:

    I’d never been very closed with my father. Grown up under the care of my grand mother. Anyway my youthful age was in England. He died only a few months of my arrival, but it the relationship I build a few months, the jokes and the laughter struck me most as if his passing was only yesterday

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      I hope my post brought you good memories. Maybe I shouldn’t have written about death. Is a very hard subject. But that was a learning moment I’ll never forget. This is why I decided to write about it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      1. Borneo Pulse says:

        I always feel that his departure was only yesterday-What your wrote is left to be felt by anyone nothing is wrong with it. Nice to share such feeling.Thank you


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