“Death is inevitable. It is a democracy for all of the people, not an aristocracy for some of the people–kings die and beggars die; young men die and old men die; learned men die and ignorant men die. We need not fear it. The God who brought our whirling planet from the primal vapor and has led the human pilgrimage lo these many centuries can most assuredly lead us through death’s dark night into the bright daybreak of eternal life. His will is too perfect and his purposes are too extensive to be contained in the limited receptacle of time and the narrow walls of earth. Death is not the ultimate evil; the ultimate evil is to be outside God’s love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1963/2010, page 129.