Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
The following passage was given to me by my good friend, Paul Veliyathil (1), author and hospice chaplain, who lovingly ministers to the dying and their loved ones…
The Beauty of Death
While death is a painful reality for the living, I believe, it is the most joyful and beautiful experience for the dying, because it is the release of the soul from the shackles of the body which is the source of all our problems. Besides, it is a homecoming, the re-joining of the individual soul with the Universal Soul, like the waves returning to the ocean.
People have always wondered what happens at the moment of death. Nobody has come back to tell us. However, Neale Donald Walsch, author of a series of books called “Conversations with God, ” in his book, “Home with God: In a Life that Never Ends,” gives the following description of the death experience, which is the best I have ever seen in print. He call it the “Moment of Mergence.” Here it goes:
“Again, words cannot be found to adequately define or accurately describe this feeling — partly because the feeling is huge. It might be characterized as a single, enormous conglomerate feeling that encompasses a thousand individual feelings, now slowly filling the soul. A feeble attempt would call it the feeling of being warmly embraced, deeply comforted, dearly cherished, profoundly appreciated, genuinely treasured, softly nurtured, profoundly understood, completely forgiven, wholly absolved, long awaited, happily welcome, totally honored, joyously celebrated, absolutely protected, instantly perfected, and unconditionally loved — all at once.”
I think of those whom I knew and who have transitioned from this physical dimension to another. I also think about my own transition, and how much I want to be prepared to welcome it peacefully and joyfully when the moment comes.
Every end is a new beginning. Every departure is followed by an arrival.
(1) Please, check Paul Veliyathil’s books
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