Ben Gibbard discussed the song's meaning during an interview with NME
"Death is an ever-present fear. If not a fear, then an impending reality in our lives. We like to think that when people leave this life, we will see them again someday. Writing a love song that deals specifically with the inevitable death of one's partner and that you will follow that person into whatever the afterlife is or is not, that's something that people can relate to."