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Hopeful Picture of Death

Cathy Hainer was a USA Today reporter who wrote about her battle against cancer. A short time before she died, she wrote:

I have moments when the fear makes me sit up in bed at night and weep like a 3-year-old. I’ve become afraid of the long, lonely nights. Yet at other times I feel at peace, knowing I’m in the right place, secure in my beliefs about an afterlife.
I take solace in something a friend recently showed me. This parable was found on the body of an American Jewish soldier, Col. David Marcus, who was one of those who helped to form the first army of the state of Israel:
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails in the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is only a ribbon of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!”
Gone where? Gone from my sight—that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There! She comes!” And that is dying.

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