A wise person once said:
There is a time for everything
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 )
Sometimes death is expected, other times it comes out of the blue. Sometimes it is a natural end to a long life, other times it is a thief that steals someone far too early.
However it comes, it is a wrench. Whenever it comes, it is traumatic for family and friends.
An appropriate funeral offers the chance to mark our loved one’s life and to express all the different emotions we feel. A funeral that is well done is a huge help in the grieving process.
Christians believe that in our darkest times we are not alone. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me. (Psalm 23:4 )
Christians believe God is the giver of life, and that all life is lived in and through him. This life, given to us by God, does not end with death.
A Christian funeral, therefore, as well as marking someone’s life and giving a space for us to express our loss, does this in the context of the love of God, who is with us always.
Our Minister, Neil, takes many funerals for people in the town who are not members of any church, and for people who aren’t sure what they believe about God and life. If you think he might be able to help you, get in touch. You can either contact him through the Church Office or ask your Funeral Director to do it.