Dead or Alive After We Pass

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Are we truly dead or alive after we pass from this earth?

Being a paramedic and RN, including working for hospice, I have seen a lot of death, but are we dead or alive after we finally take that last breath? I do not like the word dead. It seems so final and it is unbearable to think of those I have so loved on this earth as not existing anymore.

Dead, Yet Alive Meeting Her Husband After A Long Absence

We had a hospice patient who was so looking forward to meeting up were her long dead husband who had passed long before her. In the last couple weeks, she was pretty much unresponsive. She didn’t show any emotion, but basically seemed as though she was just waiting to go. Who knows what God was working out in her during this time. During this time, her breathing became more erratic and she continued to show no emotion.  She was unresponsive. At the very end of her last breath, a tear was noted running out of her eye. The other person in the room and myself felt this must have been the moment she saw Jesus and her husband walking toward her. It was a beautiful thing.

Dead or Alive?  That’s The Question, But The Bible Is Clear …

That brings me to the terms we use, dead or alive, that indicate whether someone is here on earth. I understand we got to call it something, right? But are they really dead? Or is it just their body that we associate with them? God’s word tells us that our spirits do not die. They either go to heaven or hell when our current earthly body dies. They do so immediately. Think about Jesus telling the man next to him on the cross that, “today, you will be with me in paradise.”

God’s word tells us that when we take our last breath here on earth, we take our next breath in heaven. It is hard to imagine, but if you exhale right now and are gone, then inhale for your next breath, you are in a different place, just like that hospice patient who shed a tear at the end of her last breath.

The Last Breath On This Earth

Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that “The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” And what about Lazarus and the rich man who were in heaven and hell immediately after they died?

Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:2-3 that to die was to be with Christ and to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord in 2Corinthians 5:8. The Bible provides other examples telling us that people who have “died” are actually quite alive in heaven, such as those who came to visit Moses on the mountain and the martyrs who are pictured in heaven in Revelation 6:9-11.

It is also important to note that though our pre-resurrection body may be a little different in its intermediate state, it appears clear that it is fully recognizable. The point is, our loved one is alive, though we may have saw them “dead.”

When our spirit, the essence of who we are, which includes our body appearance leaves our present body, our physical body as we know is put to rest until the resurrection. Our spirit, however, simply relocates. It doesn’t “sleep” as there isn’t any such thing as a sleeping soul. God’s word is clear on this.

When I think of my loved ones as being dead or alive, it’s a little bit of both I guess. I can’t escape the fact that their present earthly body is dead for now and their spirit has moved on. Their absence saddens my very soul. Yet, I know they are alive and haven’t really died at all. They have just been relocated. What a wonderful day when we all will be together sharing the home of heaven with our Lord and Savior.


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