The dead are not dead for God.
It must be my age - but it seems to me that a lot of people are dying or have died. We all will have to die one day - so it is good to pray for a happy death.
This morning I was thinking, praying for the sick, the dying and the dead. I read, "In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life breath of all mankind." - Job 12:10 And so I thought to myself, the dead are not dead for God. If, as the psalm say, 'darkness is not dark for you' - then the dead are not dead for God. As Jesus explained to the Scribes, "he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive." - Luke 20:38
Prayer really is our consolation and means of inseparable union.
When St. Elizabeth of the Trinity died, her last words were: "I go to Light, to Love, to Life." Her life became her heaven on earth, living in God: "The Trinity - this is our dwelling, our 'home', the Father's house that we must never leave." [...] "It is there, right in the depths, in the Heaven of my soul, that I love to find Him since He never leaves me. God in me, I in Him, oh! that is my life!"
Therefore, we never have to be afraid. We are never alone. We are never lost. In God the dead are not dead. No matter what others say or do, all is well, so long as we, by faith, "remain in the presence of God, of the God who is all Love dwelling in our souls." - St. Elizabeth