We all know the inevitability of death, but, as people of faith we also believe in the promise of life beyond life made possible by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the faithful Christian, death brings only an end to our physical being – Death does not have the last word, As Apostle Paul put it so eloquently and firmly; as a people loved and redeemed by God, then death shall be “swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55) amid our new life with God.
When a family member or friend passes on, the funeral or memorial service is, at one and the same time, an occasion for mourning and celebration. In the company of family, friends, community, and congregational members, we acknowledge our own sense of loss as we say goodbye to the loved one who has passed on from life to beyond life. Yet, we also commend the person to God and offer God our thanks for their life and the gift of remembrance – death is not the end.
We are all pilgrims on this journey- if there is anything we can do to help you in your time of loss please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to help you wade through these waters with compassion. We are all God’s Beloved – In Life, in life beyond Life – Thanks be to God.