He certainly is - since he was not well on this earth, the past 13 years...
He had been ill, with various complications stemming from that illness...
An illness with various sources of affliction...
My father is not just "better off now" though
My father has returned where he came from
For he passed the test brilliantly
He trode through the valley of death
He passed the strife-rich test we call "life"
And he did so with patience, grace, acceptance
As we say in our ancestors' land, "mancidão"
With great dignity and poise as well
With great faith - quite obviously
And so - my father is back now WHERE HE BELONGS
Where he has always belonged
He is not merely better off
He is not merely one of us, the Pimentels
He always belonged to a far greater clan
than any family on this earth can aspire to be
He always belonged to Heaven
and God's Family
Hora por mim, pai
So that I too can access such bliss
Je prierai pour ton âme aussi
Comme il est prescrit de le faire
dans la Sainte Bible
Now that your spirit - your lifeforce - your soul
has left your earthly vessel and has ascended, back whence it came
You are back where you have always belonged, dear saintly man
May we all be so lucky as well - when our mortal remains lose their ethereal glow
May we all be as lucky as you are