Death is the termination of the biological functions that
define a living being.
Death is the changeless ending of the vital processes
by which we are sustained.
Death occurs when life leaves the physical body.
Of all life experiences,
death and bereavement
are considered to be the most
Whenever or however death occurs,
every loss brings its share of pain, disruption,
changes, and challenges.
The thought of death frightens many people.
Even the most secure, devout believer
can have occasions when they fear death.
But believers have no reason to fear.
Death is a fact of life.
It is a tragic event that can affect
the way a family functions
in any culture,
and it is the destination
we will all share.
No matter how rich or poor,
how accomplished, knowledgeable,
or refined one may be...
death is inevitable for us all.
Death is no respecter of persons.
It comes to everyone.
Death is a natural cycle of life.
It is the culmination
of all that our life has been.
The Bible is very clear in pointing out that
there is a point when life on earth will end.
The Scriptures tells us in Ecclesiastes,
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under heaven...
Our time to transition may come much later
than we are expecting.
On the other hand, it may occur much sooner.
Some choose to laugh in the face of death.
In reality... they are actually afraid...
preoccupied with some impending disaster,
which leads to their philosophy of...
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”
1 Corinthians 15:32.
Their existence may appear to be a joyride,
from the outside,
but it is a futile way to live one's life.
God does not intend for us to let time slip away
with such frivolousness.
We can only enjoy life in the light of
our relationship with God, for apart from God,
we are nothing.
Throughout history and around the world
there exists one experience
which binds mankind together...
that experience is death.
Death breaks down every difference
in humanity until we are all the same...
The tragic and unpredictable days of death,
sorrow, and grief are inevitable life events
all cultures share and share alike.
God has made everything beautiful in its season.
There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven ~
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
Each of us travels a path to an inevitable conclusion.
Life’s journey will, someday, carry all of us
to the distant shores of the great beyond.
The late, Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple
and Pixar Animation, said the following
at the commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005
(shortly after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer):
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to
heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the
destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And
that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the
single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It
clears out the old to make way for the new.
Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from
now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared
away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. But lest
we work ourselves into a real funk and start wondering
what’s the use of anything, let’s not forget that while we
all may be equal in death, it’s what we do while we’re
living that really matters. This is what we’ll be
1955 - 2011
Live while you are alive!
The future is now!
For the believer, our days on earth
are just the beginning of our existence.
Death is not the end...
it is the doorway to a new life of serving God.
For the believer,
we believe death means...transitioning.
passing through the gateway to another dimension...
to our eternal home.
May we love our loved ones with a Holy detachment,
so that when the time comes,
they will be free to go to their eternal home...