I wrote this to an older friend today. He has buried many people, even recently, but does not feel as though he's lost them. He said perhaps his brain just doesn't accept it. You may have a wisdom that you do not see. It finally occurred to me the other day that we watch shows about the distant future, like Star Trek, and seem to think that "we" personally will be there in the distant future. We have to remind ourselves that we may live to 100 years if we are blessed to do so, but not much longer.

The irony is that from a Christian (Biblical) Worldview, we enter into a state that is comparable to a long sleep after the first chapter of our lives, but we will be woken up again. i.e. God will physically resurrect us.

This is probably why we don't always feel a loss when another Christian "dies". For us death is only a temporary state. It is not the end. We haven't lost someone, though we may mourn that we will be without them for awhile. After Lazarus died "Jesus wept." knowing full well that he would see Lazarus again live and well in a few days. The word for "wept" here, I am told, is a very very strong word for wailing and mourning.

So for Christians, death is a very temporary state, but for non-Christian, this is a time where they wait before experiencing eternal damnation.