Romans 8:33-39 (ESV):
33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If death cannot separate us from the love of Christ, then what happens when a saint dies? Does the experience of God's love continue post-mortally, since death cannot be a reason for a cessation of this love?
The martyrdom of Stephen immediately comes to mind:
59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. [Acts 7:59-60 ESV]
Or Paul's desire to leave the body in order to be with Christ:
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. [Philippians 1:21-23 ESV]
Question: When a Christian dies, does the experience of Christ's love continue post-mortally? If death cannot separate us from the love of Christ, how then can death put a temporary end to the conscious experience of this love?