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What Is This Thing…

Death is something that we all think off. It seems the older I get the more it enters my thoughts. For some who have suffered greatly during this life they look at death as a release. Others have great anxiety about death not knowing what lies beyond. Our spiritual beliefs can provide some sense of security but most religious people will still not have a surety of knowledge as to what awaits them.

Gordon B Hinckley (1910-2008) recent president of the Mormon Church penned this poem titled What is this thing that men call death.

What is this thing that men call death

This quiet passing in the night?

Tis not the end, but genesis

Of better worlds and greater light

O God, touch Thou my aching heart,

And calm my troubled, haunting fears.

Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure

Give strength and peace beyond my tears

There is no death, but only change

With recompense for victory won;

The gift of him who loved all men,

The Son of God, the Holy One.

Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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