13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonian 4)
My husband's grandmother passed away this week. Before she left us, we got to see her a month ago. She seemed so normal. We laughed and talked about old times. We planned to visit her on Thanksgiving. However, when we saw her at Thanksgiving, she had already gone into a coma-like state. It was so weird. I kept thinking maybe she would just wake up and everything would be okay.
The concept of life and death are so hard to grasp. Maybe just the death part is difficult to understand; it is entirely final and so completely unknown. However, there is much more to life than this meager existence that we know. Thank God she's in heaven. That is are consolation. Those who pass before us, if they know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be resurrected and we will be reunited with them again...pretty soon, if you think about it. :)