Life can teach some hard lessons. This last month has been filled with them. My niece took her own life. Among her last words to her family, was the idea that she would be in a better place after death. Isn't that what she heard at funerals?
I realize well meaning Christians share these sentiments to help in the grieving process. But are we really helping? Or are we being less than honest and in the end hurting people?
Proverbs 27:6 says "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Which are we--friend or enemy when we don't clarify that death is a transport to peace only for those who are faithful to Jesus Christ?
As a writer, I try hard to make sure my words reflect my faith. After hearing that words I may have spoken were a factor in my niece's demise, I find myself spurred on to more diligence in this area. Lies don't help anyone even if they give a momentary comfort.