Facing up to Death
The death of a loved one raises profound questions about the meaning
of life and the hope of heaven. At a time when we feel can feel
shaken to the core, we find ourselves reaching out in faith.
Jesus himself spoke of God as a loving and life-giving Father:
'the God of the living, not of the dead.' We believe that Jesus’ resurrection
is the triumph of good over evil and of life over death and he
has made eternal life available to us all.
In the Bible there are beautiful and poetic descriptions of heaven.
Whilst we cannot say precisely what it will be like we know that
we shall delight in the presence and love of God and of the whole
company of heaven. Whatever is wonderful about life here on earth
is only a glimpse of the glory of the life that is to come.
In the funeral service there will be a reading from the Bible which
will speak of the hope of life after death, and give us the assurance
of God’s continuing care: “underneath are the everlasting
The funeral service will also give an opportunity to offer thanks
for the life of your loved one, and in the company of family and
friends to be open to the mixture of emotions that his or her death
brings. Feelings such as grief, gratitude, sadness, and joy often
In all of this, we will be commending your loved one into the hands
of God who holds all of us in life and death, the one who is both
the source of life and its goal.