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Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
In John O’Donohue’s book,
he writes about death.
“Death is a lonely visitor.
After it visits your home,
nothing is ever the same again.
There is an empty place at the table;
there is an absence in the house.
Having someone close to you die
is an incredibly strange and desolate experience.
Something breaks within you then
that will never come together again.
Gone is the person whom you loved,
whose face and hands and body
you knew so well.
This body, for the first time,
is completely empty.
This is very frightening and strange.
After the death many questions
come into your mind concerning
where the person has gone,
what they see and feel now.
The death of a loved one is bitterly lonely.
When you really love someone,
you would be willing to die in their place.
Yet no one can take another’s place
when that time comes.
Each one of us has to go alone.
It is so strange that when someone dies,
they literally disappear.
Human experience includes
all kinds of continuity and discontinuity,
closeness and distance.
In death, experience reaches
the ultimate frontier.
The deceased literally
falls out of the visible world of form and presence.
At birth you appear out of nowhere,
at death you disappear to nowhere. . . .
The terrible moment of loneliness in grief
comes when you realize that
you will never see the deceased again.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, (New York, HarperCollins, 1997) p.207