“How do you think about an elderly loved one who looks like they’re going to pass on soon?” an inquirer ask me.
“You think about them the same way you’ve hopefully always been thinking about them!” I replied. “As living their eternal spiritual life, at-one with God, where there is no birth or death, no coming or going, no passing on.”
“Life is eternal,” Mary Baker Eddy wrote. “We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight” (S&H 246:27).
This rule applies to how we view ourselves and how we view others.
One shouldn’t wait until a loved one turns 95 to figure out that they’ve always been a spiritual child of God, living their eternal spiritual life. It’s wiser to figure it out in the early stages of a relationship. Then there are no surprises later on.