Since life is such a brief experience, there must be regular exit routes. Some easy. Some hard. Some sudden. Others lingering. Therefore, we cannot presume, even by faith, to block all exits, all the time, and for all people. Nor, if possessed of full, eternal perspective, would we desire so to do.
Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, May 1982, p.22
At funerals our tears are genuine, but not because of termination—rather because of interruption. Though just as wet, our tears are not of despair, but are of appreciation and anticipation. Yes, for disciples, the closing of the grave is but the closing of a door which will later be flung open with rejoicing.
Neal A. Maxwell, “All Hell Is Moved” p. 181
As we wait with those who are dying we brush against the veil, as goodbyes and greetings are said almost within earshot of each other.
Neal A. Maxwell, “Patience” p. 219
On the other side of the veil, there are perhaps seventy billion people. They need the same Gospel, and releases occur here to aid in the Lord’s work there. Each release of a righteous individual from this life is also a call to new labors. Those who have true hope understand this. Therefore, though we miss the departed righteous so much here, hundreds may feel their touch there. One day, those hundreds will thank the bereaved for gracefully forgoing the extended association with choice individuals here, in order that they could help thousands there. In God’s ecology, talent and love are never wasted. The hopeful understand this too.
Neal A. Maxwell, “Notwithstanding My Weakness” p. 55