In the Episcopal tradition, funeral liturgies are also Easter liturgies, as it is the resurrection which gives us meaning when confronting the loss of a loved one. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.
Funerals and memorial services, therefore, are characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief un-Christian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered in the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
If you are facing the death of a loved one, our priest and our parish are here to be companions with your as you walk the journey through loss and grief. Whether you are looking for help planning a funeral service or simply want someone with whom you can talk, we are here for you.