Why do we seems more compasionate to a dying person?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
January 6, 2010 7:53pm CST
Why do we show more love to them. I mean, when they are still much alive, showing them of our love is so difficult. But when a person close to us is dying (sickness, accident, etc), we seems to show our loved to them. And worst is that when they actually die, its the time we realized how important they are to us. A dying friend of mine had observed this one and the only words he had spoken is that "why now?". Is it because I am dying or simply it is our nature to be compassionate to people whom we don't expect to live with us anymore?
2 responses
@Daae92 (75)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Guilt, compassion, empathy, sadness, it could be anything. Humans are funny creatures, we don't appreciate what we have till we don't have it anymore. We want what we don't have and don't realize how much we do have. When someone close to us is dying, we try to compensate for loss time, to make them know that they are loved and cared for, even if we never showed it before.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Because we feel sorry for them and probably guilty if we have ever done anything bad to the dying person. Also, if its a kid (like a 5 year old) people feel sad because the child didn't get to live to his/her's full potential and they will never experience live as we know it.