Later in the day I looked through my folders of downloaded images. These Childe Hassam watercolors of an island garden I found particularly comforting to my eyes and soul, partly, I think because of the long view of the ocean in the background.
I think the ocean is a good thing to look at when we're thinking about death. Its largeness, the invisibility of the other side, is congruent with our sense of distance from the one who has died, from one who literally has passed on. We can't see them any more. They are on the other side. We can't see to the other side, but it's there.