But it's the unavoidable reality that we can't sugarcoat. So let's prepare now. C. J. Lovik who edited Crossway Publisher's edition of Pilgrim's Progress has written very profoundly:
"We should not think that death will be free from trouble or pain. God is faithful in the deaths that are painless and peaceful, as well as in the ones that are full of final suffering and horror. The true believer has no guarantee that his death will be a painless slipping away. It may be anything but painless. Death is the last trial, and for some the experience will be a horrific affliction, while for others it may be a quick and relatively painless departure. In either case we can trust that the God who raised Jesus from the dead is the same God who will deliver us…
Death is not a shallow trickling stream over which we can leap with light-footed abandon. Death is a meandering, dark, and sometimes treacherous river that seeks at every turn to interfere with our future hope. Death is the last chasm over which the soul must cross. It is the end of this life and all the hopes and dreams of this life. For those who have only dreamed dreams of this life, death is a stunning and fearful place unlike any other. No wonder the world so willingly ignores or shrouds death in fanciful language in its attempt to render it obscure and benign. We should not expect to escape the fear that death brings, but we may expect to meet those fears with faith as God gives it."
"Then [Christian and Hopeful] both took courage and crossed the river, and the enemy was as still as a stone." - John Bunyan