Of all life experiences, the loss 



of a loved one is, more likely 



than not, one of life's most 



stressful events.


Love never dies.



Throughout history and around the world



 there exists one experience which can more 



likely bind mankind together... that experience 



is death.

Death is inevitable to whomever


 or whatever is born.

The death of a loved one can be 



life's most confusing and dreadful



 turning points. When a death takes 



place, one may experience a wide 



range of profoundly intense 



emotions, even when the death 



is expected. 




Many people speak of feeling an 



initial stage of numbness after 



first learning of a death. These 



feelings are normal, healthy,



appropriate, and common



 reactions that can help us 



come to terms with our loss.




Death and bereavement can also


cause major emotional crisis. Death 


and bereavement could produce 



profound emotional reactions 



and meltdowns. 




Death can give rise to feelings 



of pain, agony, depression, denial,



anger, powerlessness, despair, and 



sadness. It can become gravely 



debilitating... dramatically 



interfering with one's quality



of life, i.e., one's ability to 



function properly.  

Death is no respecter



of persons.


Death is the ultimate leveler. 


It does not discriminate. 



It does not matter how great of a saint or 


sinner one may be... or how weak or strong, 


rich or poor, educated or uneducated... any 


of us can be here one moment and gone


 the next.



Death does not ask for our 


permission. 



Death is the great equalizer which reigns


 and rules how, when and where it will


Death is perhaps one of the most constant 


things in life that all of us will eventually face. 

Regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, 


socio-economic standing, age or any other 


factor, every being still has one thing in 


common: 



we will all die. 



Death comes to everyone. 


Death breaks down every 


difference in humanity until 


we are all the same... 



dust.

The tragic and unpredictable days of death,


 sorrow, and grief are inevitable life events all


 cultures share and share alike.

In the human life cycle, everyone



 will, at some point, cease to exist.

Death of humans is seen as a natural and essential 


part of life. It is often defined as the permanent 


stopping of all vital bodily activities. It is the 


cessation of all biological functions that sustain 


a living organism.

Death is a fact of life... 


it is a natural cycle of life.

Death is the culmination of all 



that our lives have been.



No matter how rich or poor, how



 accomplished, knowledgeable, or



 refined one may be... death is 



inevitable for us all.


"Death is the shepherd of all 


mankind".


Psalm 49:14

Death is the final stage, the withdrawal from the external 


world, the termination of the biological functions that


define a living being. It is the constant, changeless ending


 of the vital processes by which we are sustained. This


occurs when life leaves the physical body. 


Each person's death is unique.

Whenever or however death takes place, every loss brings 


its share of pain, disruption, changes, and challenges.

Death is an occurrence that can change the way 


a family functions in any culture, and it is the 


destination we will all share.

The thought of death unnerves many people. Even the 


most secure and devout Believer can have occasions when 


they dread and/or fear death.

 

But Believers have no reason to fear...

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. When, 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 joy-ride, from the 


outside, but it is a pointless way to live one's life. God


 does not intend for us to let time slip awawith such 


mindlessness.

We can only enjoy life in the light of our relationship with


 God, for apart from God, we are nothing.


There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark

 of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently

 than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of 

overwhelming grief, a deep contrition, and of 

unspeakable love.

Washington Irvin

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Each of us will travel 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 


remembered for." 

 Accepting and coming to terms with the fact


 that death is an expected part of life can help


 us live more in this moment in time.



Being conscious of our mortality helps us


 live each day with more appreciation and 


gratefulness. Accepting our mortality and 


that one day everyone will die is only the 


beginning of living and dying well.

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, to be “Absent” from the body 

means, at death, the spirit is separated from

 the physical body and moves immediately

 into its eternal abode with God, forever.

For the believer, 


we believe death means...transitioning.


It means... 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... with God.

It is considered a grace that we die. 


If we did not pass on, we would have to live 


in a sinful world for all eternity.

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