How to Overcome the Grief of Death
Author: Greg Tharpe
We come into this world in human form or with a body for a limited time only. At a date and time that is undisclosed, the body will be discontinued being the vessel for which the breath of life or spirit flows through. Therefore, it will be disconnected from the energy, current or power source which gives it life. From the dust the body came and to the dust it shall return as it decomposes.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. [2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV]
Some souls will experience life in the body for a short time, some for a very long time. Some will die of illness, some will die of accidents and some will commit suicide. It is God’s will for us to die a physical death, however, the date and time is unknown. In other words, we were born physically to die physically.
In some cultures, it is a sad occasion. People are programmed and conditioned by their society to grieve and feel sorrow for the death of the body. However, some cultures view death from a different perspective; one which causes them to celebrate the life and passing of the spirit body to another dimension or going back home with God, the father.
In the Bible, Paul gives us some spiritual insight when he said he would rather be absent from the body and present with God. Many believe that this has to do with physical death, however, to be absent from the body has to do with a spiritual perception of the body in which one identifies their true identity with the spirit body rather than the physical body. Furthermore, to be present with the Lord is being at peace and not caught up in the stress, harmful temptations and negative emotions associated with the physical body.
When we look at life from the perspective of death which is associated with the physical body, it lowers our vibration or consciousness and causes the lower emotions or grief. Some people are so attached to the physical body perception of reality that they go into a state of depression and have to seek psychological help to process their grief.
Some are so caught up in the physical body identity that they are what is called co-dependent and they literally commit suicide or they pass away shortly after the death of the loved one. To them, the person was the physical body and they do not want to live without them in their physical presence.
In the western culture of society, viewing death from the human body perception of reality or illusion is popular. Therefore, many of the people are conditioned to see death as loss and separation which is not in alignment with spirit and truth.
This false perception of reality restricts the life energy flow of joy which cause the person to react in sadness or based on the illusion of the flesh which brings about the lower consciousness emotions associated with the physical body. This is the cause of the grief that we feel because we are conditioned to identify ourselves with the physical body and not the spirit body.
However, in the spiritual perception of reality one looks at death with their spiritual eyes through the eyes of God, instead of man. In the spiritual eyes, there is no death. The seemingly deceased is not the body and spirit and does not die. He or she has completed their earthly course and they have left the body to move on to a higher spiritual dimension or to be with God in spiritual Heaven.
Therefore, death is not looked upon as negative or bad. It is viewed from the spiritual body perspective which is all good or all God. When viewed in the eyes of faith or God, there is no death or bad associated with it, there is only eternal life. Rather than an ending to existence, the soul has shed the body for a new beginning.
When we let go of society’s programming and conditioning of death and shift into a higher state of consciousness or in alignment with the spiritual body or spirit and truth, we will allow the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us to the higher consciousness awareness where there is no sadness, there is peace and joy. In lieu of sadness, we praise God for the life of the deceased and focus only on the good times.
From this perspective, we realize that God is good and we give praise and thanks giving for allowing the physical body person to be a part of your life on earth. We know that the persons spirit lives with us forever and there is no separation or loss. We can speak with their spirit at any time although we cannot see the physical body, same as we can talk to God at any time but do not see him.
Therefore, instead of grieving and sorrow, it is time to come together to celebrate (fun-eral) the life and time and passing of the friend or loved one to the higher spiritual dimension. When we “let go and let God”, it turns grief or sadness into happiness and sorrow into joy, because we know that God is all good and there is no death, there is only eternal life.
From this perspective based on spirit and truth, it will free us from the false perception (ego) of physical death and elevate us to the spiritual state of consciousness where we no longer walk by sight and we know that in our human experience, we are not the body and there is no death. For that reason, we give God praise and thanksgiving and celebrate the home going of the soul.
When we view death from the spiritual body perception of reality, we will have power and authority over grief or the lower consciousness negative emotions of death and be thankful and rejoice for whatever experience and reason that person was brought into your life. For we walk by faith and not by sight.