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Where do our departed beloved ones reside at the moment? Can they use their senses? Will there be family reunion after death?

The reality of death is a complex subject and one that remains with many unanswered questions.

The Holy Bible says that we, as Christians, know that we do not need to fear death. Death is not isolation.

The Holy Book of Romans tells us that nothing can separate the believer from God.

These teachings assure us of immortality and of the existence of an Eternal afterlife:
"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2).

"God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of His own eternity, but through the devil's envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it. But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torment will ever touch them. In the sight of foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality" (Wisdom of Solomon 2:23-34).

"But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you" (Romans 8:10-12).

"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life" (John 5:24).
As spirits in paradise, they can hear us and see us; otherwise, how can we ask the intercession of the saints?
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