Well, I said at least twice in the very first sentence.
Aye, sorry Srbo, and thankee for this thread because I so identify with the idea. To make long stories short, I have come to believe that death is the most comprehensive definition of the word "change", and that change is that of "death". For example, if a person who experiences the death of a personal relationship experiences it to its completion, that person changes in the process, and, I like to think in my case, into a better person. This describes the relationship between life and death to me; that only life has the power to take over after death. Not death, which does its job, but life brings forth life.
When we prune a rose part of it dies but only that which must for the sake of the plant. What the rose was is gone, because it is now a different plant. It looks different, sickly, pitiful. Meanwhile, life is figuring out how to take advantage of death, to make the plant's next version look better than its previous. It will look better. Otherwise death would not be necessary in the first place.