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Rachel Marie Kang is the author of Let There Be Art and The Matter of Little Losses. A writer of poems, prose, and other pieces, she is founder of The Fallow House and the Social Media & Guest Post Manager for (in)courage. Connect with her at rachelmariekang.com.

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  1. Rachel,

    For Christians death is only the beginning. Sure you will miss your loved one, but be happy for they are with Jesus. Before dad died he asked how he could “find the pretty woman in the picture-which was their wedding day”. I simply said you will have to die & go to Heaven. Wanda has told me that when she passes she wants the song “Going Away Party” played loud. For she is soaring to be with God & see her husband once again. My understanding is that once a person dies they are no longer suffering down here & their souls are instantly flown to Heaven. I can’t want for the day to see my Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

  2. Such powerful words. The fear of death as I get older reminds of things not yet done for me and how I do not want to waste any more time. During the pandemic I felt as though time was quickly passing by in a effort to distance and keep myself safe. I am trying to embrace life more fully and focus on others more. Thank you for sharing.

  3. my husband went through stomach cancer surgery and when his time a year later he said it’s going to be beautiful we truly believe in those few hours he saw a vision and we knew he was ready yes-we have a heavenly home and we wait our turn

  4. Your article was a blessing to my soul! I relate to the feelings of loss that you explained. You summed up so beautifully how death can erase the fear of death. Jesus Christ died that we might have hope of a beautiful life after death! Thanks for sharing!

  5. All my life I have feared death. I remember my mom who would throw herself on the floor and wail and as a six year old I didn’t know about mental health but only thought she was going to die.
    When I left the house at eighteen I married a man who I thought showed me love, I really didn’t know what it looked like. That man almost took my life with a double barrel shot gun.
    Throughout my life there have been different experiences yet today as I sit and read this article I am drawn to the fact that dying is only the beginning with our life with Christ.
    Thank you.

  6. This was absolutely beautiful. Only what God teaches us. It came from HIS Father Heart your writing…. Thank you for sharing this. It touched my heart…

  7. My 45 year old son died from pancreatic cancer, after a 10 month battle. I was at his side for the time. I have never felt so helpless in my life. In his last day, he reached out several times as if he were greeting someone to embrace them. I have no doubt of his salvation and I have no doubt that he really did see someone in the room with us. Your article is beautifully written and touched my heart so deeply. It reflects so much of my feelings about death. I have no fear now. My son, my Mom, my Dad, my brother, and my blessed Savior wait for me there. Thank you for sharing this encouragement and affirmation.

  8. Rachel, thank you for sharing the “God filled” memories of your grandfather. I’m sorry for your loss.
    It’s true, as you wrote, we are not always inspired “to believe that death is not the end and that there is more to this life”
    “we can find hope in knowing that last gaping breath does not have to be the end. In Christ, death is only the beginning”

  9. As always, your words sing like poetry and stir my heart toward deeper reflection and hope. Thank you for sharing your grandfather with us — “a life loyal to the love of Christ” — may it also be true of us. Love you.

  10. I’ve heard and read amazing stories of inexplicable peace in the room of a dying loved one, visions of Jesus and angels, smiles on the faces of those who are just moments from taking their last breaths. Praise God for such testimonies, including that of your grandfather, that assure us we have nothing to fear!

  11. Friend, this is breathtakingly beautiful! Oh how I can relate to this: “The tears came because there was sorrow, but the tears also came because there was hope.” This is how I felt when my husband breathed his last. Glory’s gain!

  12. Beautiful!!
    In Christ we find a whole new beginning that will take us to places we have never been!
    Receive it and Believe it my friend!

  13. I needed that love and reassurance that death is not an end but the beautiful road to eternity Thank you