When I was younger, I used to be depressed by autumn. "Everything is dying!" I would wail to my mom. "How can anyone like fall?!"
As I grew up, though, I began to appreciate the melancholy of the season. I began to see that death in its time is beautiful too. Oh, not in the way that baby lambs and new life is beautiful--that is the beauty of hope. Instead, fall is the beauty of change--of making the way for new seasons. But still beautiful in the way a goodbye is bittersweet.
I often think of the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This seemingly simple children's book deals with the heavy topic of death and why living on this earth forever isn't the answer.
If you're facing the loss of a loved one or have been thinking about change, I recommend this book to you. I also recommend that you take the time to look around you and see how God is clearing the way for something new--in nature as well as in your life.