Since death is the defining limit against which we measure the aim of human life, a call to remembrance of death can mean almost anything: seize the day, gather your roses, make ready for battle, repent of your sins, realize your impermanence and interdependence on all sentient beings, abide in the peaceable kingdom of the present moment. The implications of death awareness are as various as the definitions of the good life.

Carol Zaleski, The Life of the World to Come