998 Indian Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1R5
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The death of a loved one is a time to recall the miracle of life, to give thanks for the life of the deceased, and to mourn the loss. The Bible reflects many emotional responses to the reality of grief, including anger, denial, guilt, lament, resignation, thanksgiving, and trust.
Empowered by Christ’s promise of resurrection, the Christian church faces the event of death, consoles the bereaved, remembers the life of the deceased, and offers thanks to God. In all situations the reality of loss needs to be acknowledged. In a Christian funeral the promise of hope is to be proclaimed: “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.”
The service may be called “Funeral,” “Memorial Service,” or “Service of Remembrance and Celebration.” Elements essential to the service are scripture, prayers, and commendation of the departed. Rituals of remembrance, such as bringing or placing cut flowers, providing a musical selection; or specific tasks within the service, such as reading scripture, distributing the communion bread or carrying the urn of ashes, can give family members the opportunity to express their grief through simple actions.
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