Sri Easwaren grieved that so many people find little meaning in life as they age. 'Contemporary life seriously lacks understanding of how to prepare for old age and death,' he told us. One of my friends, who is a very devoted lady, was confiding in me how miserable she had become because of the unpleasant surprises that old age brought on. You see, there is hardly any attempt in the Western countries to show how many new faculties we can acquire in old age, like compassion, forgiveness, patience.

Dolores Wood, How To End Suffering