death /dɛθ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [deth] (Show IPA)
- the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism
- an instance of this: a death in the family; letters published after his death.
- the state of being dead: to lie still in death.
- extinction; destruction: It will mean the death of our hopes.
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~Albert Einstein
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go. ~Jean de La Fontaine
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident - It is as common as life. ~Henry David Thoreau, 11 March 1842, letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson
And my two personal favorites:
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death. ~Leonardo da Vinci
Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.
- D. H. Lawrence
Papa passed away last night.
I'll miss him... but it is a relief that it's over.
No more waiting. No more nights at the hospital.
Tomorrow I make the long drive home. Back to the real world.