I thought you might like this short prayer or contemplation, from the Christian Tradition. My gran use to quote it, and when my Mother died I found it and wrote it down. It is by S Francis de Sales, more on him at the end. It is not directly addressing death, but I find it very sound in the sense of “trust the universe (God)”. It has too much “God” in it for some people, but I always equate God with Buddha nature and so it does not jar with me.
Here is the Prayer/Contemplation:
Do not look forward to the changes of this life with fear. Rather look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in His love enable you to profit by them.
He has guarded you this far. He will lead you safely through all the trials. He will carry you lovingly in his arms, do you but hold fast his hand.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same eternal Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life.
Either He will shield you from your suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts and all vain dreads and anxious imaginings.
St Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales (French: François de Sales; Italian: Francesco di Sales; 21 August 1567 – 28 December 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honoured as a saint in the Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation. His qualities as a mystical writer come through in Sales’ books, the most famous of which was Introduction to the Devout Life, which – unusual for the time – was written specially for laypeople. In it he counselled charity over penance as a means of progressing in the spiritual life. Sales also left the mystical work, the “Treatise on the Love of God”, and many highly valued letters of spiritual direction, including those with Jane Frances de Chantal compiled in the Letters of Spiritual Direction
Much love to you,
David or David Fry