Death is not a pleasant topic, nor one that we will dwell upon, but it is an important starting point for serious reflection. Moses wrote, “So teach us to number our days [that is, to realize how quickly they come to an end], that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm:90:12). The implication is clear that something lies beyond the grave for which we ought to make plans. In full agreement, King David wrote, “Lord, make me to know mine end…the measure of my days…that I may know how frail I am” (Psalm:39:4). That realization would only be depressing and much to be avoided unless there is something good (or bad) after death for which we should prepare. In the same vein, Solomon declared: “It is better to go to the house of mourning [that is, a funeral], than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart” (Ecclesiastes:7:2).