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Ruminations on Death

Updated on June 4, 2021
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Sometimes writers distance themselves from religious subjects. Religion is still taboo to speak about. Read about it instead.

Years ago, a woman thrust upon me teaching that true Christians should not mourn at death because we understand that the dead survive in Christ. Such knowledge, therefore, should evoke celebration at death and weeping at birth, since this life forms a path full of sin and sorrow.

Mourning the death of a friend who I knew left this life with a limited understanding of her potential as a divine offspring of Deity, this woman chastised me for the tears glinting off my cheeks, especially since the person who passed was a sibling to this woman.

Horrified at the words of this woman, and too young to articulate what I felt, I dried my eyes with the hope of proving to this sister who grieved her sibling in a different way than did I that I too truly believed in the reality of Christ. This woman lost two sisters and her mother over the years, remaining alone to stand as the leader of her family of nieces and nephews. All of that loss created within her a specific narrative of how life MUST exist for all people. This woman's idea that death not frightening those who know the true meaning of life is partially true.

As painful as this mortal experience is for many of us, this life is the greatest opportunity for any man or woman to become perfected and holy because in it we can change.

Death represents the unknown country to many because from there, some claim, no one has returned. Narratives of such returns dot the world in varying manifestations with Jesus Christ as the most popular. Determining a definitive path of truth regarding life proves complicated since most people tend to want to sweep Jesus’s resurrection aside as comforting sayings from the primitives to explain something perceived inexplicable so that the masses would not lose hope. That, however, remains another path to explore.

Life is not meant to end, ever. Life continues in another form where death is only a temporary separation that transitions to another aspect of an eternal existence that has no linear conception—at least not in a manner of present calculation.

Celebrate Death. Mourn the Birth

Today that teaching exists still in the minds of some Christians: celebrate the death of a loved one and mourn at his or her birth. A Creole tradition in Lousiana and parts pull together with a street band to serenade the depart into the spirit world with a funeral march.

A brass band plays the slow mournful music to the burial site until the body arrives for interment. Following that, the uptempo music comes with dancers and such in celebration.

That cultural manifestation brings psychological healing in its process because at least mourning is allowed! No sane person thinks that grief for the loss of a loved one goes away because of a knowledge of the afterlife! Just like any separation from a beloved, time apart is still felt, whether the beloved is in the next state or the next realm of spirits.

"Imagine" by John Lennon Might be true in Part

Adulting and reading the sacred records personally, I now have a more mature understanding of death and the proper role of what types of emotions should accompany such an event.

Jesus understood the afterlife, yet still, He wept when He lost Lazarus—whose life returned to him within hours of Christ finding out about his death! Death contains no mystery for those who seek to understand. How can it be?

Millions of people have recorded their death experiences to life following mortality revealing to the world a bit of truth. Where do we go when we die? Nowhere.

Life is not meant to end, ever. Life continues in another form where death is only a temporary separation that transitions to another aspect of an eternal existence that has no linear conception—at least not in a manner of present calculation.

John Lennon taught in his song a philosophy to end strife in the world using the lyrics,

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us 
Above us only sky 

Well, I submit there is no heaven in the sky or no hell below, as has been mythically concluded by theist in the past.

The consensus of all the death experiences of all people in every culture reveals that death leads to this same planet that we call home in mortality. Heaven is here on earth. Hell is here on earth. Purgatory is just another condition of humanity on earth after mortal life. It is all here.

Life never ends for any person, good or bad. Let that sink in for a moment or two before making a case against it.

See if it rings true in your soul.

Do you remember coming into existence?

Can you imaging ending?

In the end, what do you see, blackness? That is still something!

Mortal life is not the beginning. It will not be the ending either.

Understanding that life is never over, that there is more of the same coming with more things to learn, maybe will stop people from forcibly ending mortality thinking the blackness of annihilation only awaits.

Conversely, maybe people will destroy themselves to get to the next aspect of living the burdens of mortality press them so that moving to the next iteration inspires them.

The key to happiness is using the time available to serve others developing within ourselves the characteristics that will sustain us for the eternities to come.

Unlock the Happy Door

Life, just life is fragile. Mortal life can come to a conclusion at the slightest activity.

Everything depends on this life that we live—how the next portion of it will turn out. As painful as this mortal experience is for many of us, this life is the greatest opportunity for any man or woman to become perfected and holy because in it we can change.

Each second gives a man or woman time to move to a new system of happiness and completion. Seeing the other side of life is not the key to happiness. Knowing what comes next does not give an advantage to a person who does not use that knowledge to improve his or her situation.

The key to happiness is using the time available to serve others developing within ourselves the characteristics that will sustain us for the eternities to come. Because a direct conversation about how life works bores most of humanity, God gives us stories. We need people to care about and identify with so that we can abstractly see ourselves in a situation concluding how we can change our behavior to behave better.

So, the holy records are filled with stories. The story recorded of our lives in heaven covers points in time where things could have gone poorly and did go poorly. Situations arose for learning and introspection. Lessons of life are learned, and relationships deepened.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2019 Rodric Anthony

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      19 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Manatita, thanks for reading and commenting. Any comment from you lets me know that I have done a decent job in approaching the divine Love that God gives to all if we seek it.

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      manatita44 

      19 months ago from london

      Nicely written article, with some great mention of Love and service. Thank You.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      22 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Dora, the Bible has such good things to say about death. Jesus promises those who follow Him everlasting life, for one. I'd rather not figure out if the other stuff is true or not. I focus on having eternal life with Christ. Talking about death makes it less scary for people. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      While there are so many different views on death and life after death, I appreciate your boldness to express your thoughts. The Bible has a lot to say about it. Like Bill, I fear sickness, not death. It is inevitable.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      22 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Amen, Pamela. You have my prayer of hope for your temporary separation. It seems like such a long time while we are waiting, though.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think it is very difficult to see a parent get dementia, and I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Having her in your home is some consolation, but it is still difficult.

      My mother was in and out of the hospital all the time in her last few months as she had serious congestive heart failure. She had a good, long life, but I sure miss her. I think our belief in Christ makes the loss a little easier.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      22 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Pamela, I feel your sadness. I lost my mom a little over a year ago, July 11th. I am sad about her passing. In fact, I am still sad about my daughter passing on June 27, 2010. Having faith in Christ makes death such a non-issue for me because I know that Jesus made it possible for resurrection. Also, knowing that spirits continue to exist and life is not really and end give me hope to continue relationships.

      I wish we would have had a celebration for my mother. I suppose we still can. The circumstances surrounding her passing were emotionally draining--there was an open case with Adult Protective Services until the day she died. She had dementia and we could not prove it until three weeks before her death. I mean the story goes further, but at least she passed away in my home surrounded by family who loves her.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      22 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Bill, that to me means that you are a peace with your life and can let go of regrets if there are any so that you can have joy in the Now. I wonder if that peace comes to all people who are mature in life. I know that because of my health problems and a couple of health scares I wonder if I will survive to the next. That has helped me not fear to die at my somewhat young age. Most people in their 40's I suppose are not looking for life to come to a close. We tend to feel like we have about 40 or so more years to make a change or mark in our lives.

      I am afraid of being tortured till death, murdered. I hope that when the time comes that death is quick, but I hope it is far from today. But like you, death is not scary in and of itself. The how of it though...

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am nearer to the end of life than the beginning, but I am not concerned. I believe in Jesus and the Bible. I recently lost my mother and we had a celebration of life type service for her. I still miss her and that makes me sad sometimes even though I know she is in a better place.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      At seventy you better believe I contemplate death. I truly do not fear it. That would be illogical to me. I don't particularly want to suffer while dying, mind you, but the end is not scary.

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