“Death with the might of his sunbeam, Touches the flesh, and the soul awakes.” ROBERT BROWNING
When it became clear that my father’s cancer was terminal and that he would soon die, I traveled to Florida to be with him. During the first week of my stay, he was quite agitated and fearful. Then, a few days before his death, he became suddenly tranquil. At one point my father suggested that I “bring coffee” to his mother, father, brothers, and sister, all of whom were apparently there in the room with him, even though they had died many years earlier. I understood then why he had become so peaceful. He was being lovingly drawn away from this world and the physical and emotional pain he had endured for so long. The experience gave me a profound sense of peace and security that remains with me to this day. Like most people, I had often wondered fearfully about death: Does it hurt? Do you just fade away? Is there a heaven, hell, and limbo? Do you see a light? Is it God? Do you come back in another form? I no longer need to know the answers to such questions. By witnessing the gentle nature of my father’s peaceful passing, I learned that all I have to do is trust God.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
When death comes, God will continue caring for me.
Dorian, J.S.. Above and Beyond: 365 Meditations for Transcending Chronic Pain and Illness. Central Recovery Press, LLC. Kindle Edition.
I have often wondered about life after we die. Do we go into nothingness? Is there a hereafter? I have seen many people die, as I worked as Nursing Home Nurse for many years. It is something we all must do one day. Through those years with others that are passing, even my own mother, they just slip away. I have seen some people work hard to die. Their breathing is very labored and it looks so exhausting. I hope never to do that but it is really not my choice. It will be as it is. One thing I do know, God is with them, and dying is between God and that person. I truly believe he has them, no matter what they did in life. They will be at peace and God has them.