During our early morning men's Bible study this statement was made, "death is always painful and humbling." This coming from a man who has survived a lot over the past several years and has come face to face with his own mortality. His statement stuck. Maybe it isn't totally accurate (there are probably times when dying isn't painful), but the idea is right. Dying is not something we were supposed to experience. It is the result of sin and our rejection of God's perfect plan way back in the garden. But here's the beauty. In our redemption we're called to die to self, to mortify the flesh, to take up our cross and follow Christ. Again death is painful. Again death is humbling. However this is the death that strips us of our self and conforms us to Christ. This death is beautiful.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)