Astonishing is the stupidity of a man who fears death. Death is common to all men, and nobody can escape it. Cicero was able to comfort himself very well as a heathen in the first book of the Tusculans. How much more ought Christians do this, for they have Christ, the destroyer of death, and have [eternal] life and the resurrection.
Even if we’d like to live longer, it’s a brief interval at best. It’s like many of you traveling to Düben; some of you will arrive there about the fourth hour and others about the seventh or eighth hour, but all of you will have to put up there for the night. So Adam has preceded us by only a few hours; he has hardly had more than one night’s rest more than us.” — Martin Luther