Of all life experiences, the loss
of a loved one is, more likely
than not, one of life's most
Love never dies.
Throughout history and around the world
there exists one experience which can more
likely bind mankind together... that experience
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
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.
profound emotional reactions
Death can give rise to feelings
of pain, agony, depression, denial,
anger, powerlessness, despair, and
sadness. It can become gravely
interfering with one's quality
of life, i.e., one's ability to
Death is no respecter
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
Death does not ask for our
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
we will all die.
Death comes to everyone.
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.
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 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
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.
Whenever or however death takes place, every loss brings
its share of pain, disruption, changes, and challenges.
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
"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 away with such
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
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.
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
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,
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.