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When I’m Gone

Funerals have a vital function for the family and friends that are left when one that they love departs this life.  We are told by psychologists that funerals are helpful for the family to be brought to accept the reality of death.  Hearing the eulogy and speakers talk in past tense about the person is the constant reminder that the person is gone.  When the family passes by the coffin and puts their hands on the cold, rigid hands or on the brow of their departed loved one, that chilled feeling of death responding to their touch is the harsh reality that death has come.

The modern funerals may not have any spiritual themes because so many people have lived without any faith beliefs.  It is not unusual for the service of a non-believer to have a few of the deceased person’s favorite rock songs, with a video clip or two of a cherished movie, and then a few speakers telling about the person’s love for sports, eating, travel, or hanging out with friends.  When the last speaker has been heard, the casket is wheeled out of the building into the hearse.  As the congregation is leaving, individuals can be heard making the strange confession that “he/she is in a better place”.  What????  If there is no faith in God, then how could anyone believe that there is an afterlife and anywhere to go? It is strange that those that have no belief in God, no belief in the Biblical heaven or hell, do believe in an afterlife that will be pleasant.

Scripture makes clear…..It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.  (Hebrews 9:27).  There is a life after life but only those who have a living relationship with Jesus here will experience that kind of pleasant eternity that all men think they will receive.  The verse above makes two things perfectly clear….1) We will all die at an appointed time; and 2) We will stand before the God for a review of what we did with Jesus.   What would happen to you if that day were today?  Are you ready to meet the Lord?

Someone has written about their “hope” of what happens to their body once their soul has graduated to glory.….

“At a certain moment, a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped. When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don’t call this my “deathbed.” Call it my “bed of life,” and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives. 

“Give my sight to someone who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of another. Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain. Give my blood to the teenager who has been pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber, and nerve so that someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows. 

“Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all my prejudice against my other humans. Give my sins to the Devil. Give my soul to God. If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.  (Copied).