Whether death is a good thing or a bad thing depends on the answer to one more question, namely: For whom?

In the case of my wife, death meant several very positive things. First and foremost was her entry into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Then too it meant the cessation of years of physical suffering from encephalitis (1962 ff), epilepsy (1971 ff), and more recently extremely painful osteo-arthritis, which in her final months had increased to the point where she needed several doses daily of prescribed pain-killing tablets. It also meant that she was set free from other problems associated with being a shut-in for five years and now an 80-year-old needing nursing care.

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