THE FUNERAL SERVICE: A SERVICE OF WITNESS TO THE RESURRECTION
Christians through the years have expressed what they believe about death, and life after death, through the care they have shown for their dead. Caring for the bodies of those we love is the human thing to do, in fact, tender care of the body is the last humane act toward a loved one we are given to do.
Our faith encourages us to accompany our dead all the way to the grave or the fire, caring for them tenderly, and giving them up to the mystery that lies beyond. We do this believing in the redemption that their baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection promised.
(see Romans 6:3-7)