To die gracefully

To die gracefully is to live fully.

~ Clyde Reid

When death takes you across the river

All that matters is what you love
and what you love is who you are
and who you are is where you will be
when death takes you across the river.

~ John Squadra

To live and die without regret

My religions is to live and die
without regret.

~ Milarepa

The their last breath

With their last breath
those we love do not say good-bye --
for love is timeless.
Instead, they leave us a solemn promise
that when they are finally at rest
they will continue to be present to us
whenever they are called upon.
Let us fear not, nor grieve beyond letting go
the departure of those we have greatly loved,
for in the Tree of Life their roots and our own
are forever intertwined.

~ from a FOREST OF PEACE prayer card

I could die in peace, I think if the world was beautiful

Her eyes filled with tears, but she said quietly, "I could die in peace, I think, if the world was beautiful. To know it's being ruined is hard."

Then, in the loss of all the world, when I might have said the words I had so long wanted to say, I could not say them. I saw that I was not going to be able to say them. I saw that I was not going to talk without crying, and so I cried.

She looked at me and held out her hand. She gave me the smile that I had never seen and will not see again in this world, and it covered me all over with light.

~ from JAYBER CROW by Wendell Berry
Jayber Crow
By Wendell Berry

After death comes birth and a new beginning

Grandmother spoke. "For eighty winters I have lived among you and now the World of Spirit is calling me to the other side. As winter brings to a close each cycle of seasons, so death brings to a close the cycle of our lives. I have loved all of you as my children and you must remember, after winter comes spring; also, after death comes birth and a new beginning.

~ from EYES OF WISDOM, Book I, by Heyoka Merrifield

If physical death is the price that I must pay

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free
my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death
of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not fear your death

Do not fear your death. For when that moment arrives, I will draw my breath and your soul will come to Me like a needle to a magnet.

~ Mechtild of Magdeburg

Death is but a return

Death is but a return
to your original Source.

~ Vasant Lad

Death has the potential to deepen the bonds of love

The death of those whom we love and who love us opens up the possibility of a new, more radical communion, a new intimacy, a new belonging to each other. If love is stronger than death, then death has the potential to deepen and strengthen the bonds of love.

It is only when we have died that our spirits can completely reveal themselves. The spirit of love, once freed from our mortal bodies. will blow where it will, even when few will hear its coming and going.

~ from BECOMING THE BELOVED by Henry Nouwen
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