To be ready for Christ when he comes, our hearts must first be prepared for him. This is why the church originally celebrated the season of Advent before the season of Christmas—four weeks of preparation, candle-lighting, and quiet anticipation, followed by twelve days of feast and joyous celebration: the famous twelve days of Christmas.
Talking about death can be hard for us as adults. We think that must mean it is hard for our kids as well, but that need not be the case.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not cancer, not death, not doubts...
As a funeral home director, I have the privilege of walking with many families through the process of death. I can assure you that everyone is different.
Spending time with those who have recently lost a loved one, suddenly or slowly is to find yourself in the presence of God.
Part of the reason we yearn to die well is our desire to create comfort for ourselves even in death. Our mistake is in believing we can muster up this comfort in our own strength and works, as if we were the ones who conquered death.