My favorite "Assumption story" is that revealed to Maria Valtorta which can be found HERE. It is, by far, the most beautiful and richly detailed account from the lips of both the Blessed Mother and Her Son, Jesus. Be prepared with tissues, folks. The amount of love pouring forth from the account is incomprehensible.
One of my favorite quotes is this, from the Blessed Mother:
This is My first, mighty desire, entirely Mine. I can even say: My first will. Everything else in My life was nothing but the consent of My will to the divine will. The will of God, put in My heart of a little girl by God Himself, the will to be a virgin. His will: My marriage with Joseph. His will: My virginal divine Maternity. Everything in My life was done by the will of God and by My obedience to His will. But this desire, of wanting to join Jesus, is a will entirely Mine. To leave the Earth for Heaven, to be with Him for ever and continuously! My desire of so many years! And now I feel it is on the point of becoming reality.
Basically, the Blessed Mother didn't "die" so much as become consumed with love. Her desire to reunite once more with Her Son overcame all else and Her Love, burning within Her Immaculate Heart, forced her soul to be raptured to the Throne of God, there to await the angels in their endeavour to carry Her Pure Body to the gates of Heaven, to reunite with Her Soul that she may experience a kiss from Her Son once more.
Anyone else getting goosebumps???
I chose this particular painting of the Assumption because it depicts the Blessed Mother, being lifted in the arms of the angels, towards Heaven. Her arms are outstretched, and Her now Glorious Face is looking up towards, no doubt, Her Son, whom She outstretches Her arms in anticipation of His Embrace. Their firm embrace must've looked something like this: