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Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religion


"When a loved one is on his or her final journey home to God, we who keep vigil recognize that a momentous event is happening before us. As believers, we live in hope that this journey will bring the loved one to a better place. We regard the dying process as the one by which a believer is born into eternal life. As communication with the loved one fades, it is as if a veil descends between the dying person and those gathered around. This fading of communication marks the transformation of the loved one’s earthly body into a heavenly one."