From: Servant in truth
Allow me to first say that God and His Word the Bible has much to do with dying and death.
It tells us how we were initially created and to grow as a family continually filling the earth by way of procreation.
If those who are truly suffering a loss were to drop their defensive mechanism and attitude and took the time to read what God has to say they may come to understand the original plan for mankind in that, he (mankind) was to live forever and not die because he was created in perfection. Satan, however, tempted and caused the first woman, Eve to betray God and later she got her husband to disobey (to sin) also, they disobeyed God's one request (command/requirement) and because they did so, they "fell from His grace" and lost perfection - God's gift for their bodily structure and function along with paradise "“ their home.
Now, since they were no longer perfect they would now feel and see the aging, ailing and dying process of the family of man. But God's true plan is to restore the earth and His creation to live forever on His planet; but again, He has a requirement (command/requirement) to follow.
By the way, God's word does not teach things such as a "soul" and that goes to heaven upon ones death or that we are being guarded or watched over by our departed loved ones "“ not taught in the Bible but taught by man through his lack of knowledge and truth along with the misguided hope "they" will enter into heaven at the end of their life.
Life"¦ The start of organic biological growth and activity with the physical means to support function(s) of the body the means of life support; air (the breath of life), blood (the bodies life force which is sacred to God) and the provisions needed to fuel the body.
Soul"¦ Really, His Word does say, when God blew into the man's nostrils the "spirit" of life or "the breath of life, he became a living "soul." The Bible also says, "the soul that is sinning, it itself will surely die."
We are all sinners because of Adam and Eve "“ Satan interrupted God's original plan but he did not stop it which is why His son came to the earth"¦ to teach about God's desire and will, to preach the truth of God's Word, to make disciples of men (mankind) and to sacrifice His life to make the everlasting life that Adam lost possible for us.
Death"¦ The end of organic biological activity, the lack of the electrical energy which are necessary for impulses to regenerate cell production that would sustain life, wear down thus the worn out soul slowly ceases to live on. God's Word says "that the living know they will die but the dead themselves know nothing at all" because there are no more activities being experienced "“ they are dead and have "returned" to the ground from which they (beginning with Adam) were taken. Adam did not go to heaven but returned to the dust of the earth (ground).
Sadly, non-believers, doubters and nay-sayers concerning God's presence today (as in the past) do consider or believe that many different gods exist not just one supreme being or they believe there are no gods but only the god of their own reasoning and logic.
Truly, does a one and only God sound impossible? His presence, his love, his desire for us to succeed has always been and it is taught in His book. What have the other gods of Eastern origin and philosophy taught us that He (God) hasn't? Let's not overlook the fact that He and His teachings were here for us long before man departed from Him and created their own gods as they roamed the ground to "satisfy" there lives or to show how to behave with another be it man, woman or child.
Recall, love you neighbor or enemy? How about the story of the "Good Samaritan" who help an enemy, a Jew who was his brother (family) in reality? How about being peaceable with all men? How about knowing how to forgive another or to care for the poor or to be a "father" to an orphan "“ there are more admonitions in God's Word but the most import one is to love your God with your whole soul (with your whole being/self), and to love God whole heartedly (with a complete [and obedient] heart).
Indeed, God and His Word have much to do when dealing with the dying or the state of the dead in death.
In these type of "Question and Answer" formats (Meaning of death)the thought of God's love and promises concerning life and death are offered to cause one to consider more than what he/she might be depending on to carry them through something as hurtful, depressing and sad as death"¦
Question: How do you think God felt when stubborn unbelieving, nay-saying men under the influence of Satan, the "god of this world" (as Christ labeled him) put Jesus to a torturous death "“ a death not by accident or of natural causes"¦ to whom did He turn to for solace? I believe what was to unfold (his plan from when Adam sinned) left no room for Him to be concerned or question the outcome because His will is what was and will take place and be done.
Although the days of miracles has past still we have Him to call out to for what we may need at that time to support us - it is called faith. Indeed, it is He we can depend on for there are no other (pagan) god(s) created and given a name by man to assist. There is no other god to give peace of mind or solace for the heart. Where is there a god before the Creator that will speak to bring peace to one's mind or to caress one's heart to ease the pain of any ill condition suffered by oneself or a loved one? Answer? There is none to help unless of course you seek the one created by man that offers false hope and promises - those things which were created by man.
Ponder on the Word of God and gain a knowledge of what He has planned for all who have died before us and will die after us until the day He takes back control (from Satan) all of His creation to include the family of man.
Note: Scriptural references paraphrased