"I am sure 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." (Romans 8.38–39).
Funeral practices vary from culture to culture, but are universally important as a way to give thanks for the life of the one who has passed on, to mourn his or her loss, and to acknowledge the mystery of love. In Christian tradition we accept the sadness of death but also trust that, through our participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus, death is also the doorway to eternal life in Christ. As we pray, "God of all consolation, in your unending love and mercy, you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life."
In funeral and memorial services we seek to acknowledge grief but also embrace hope. It is our privilege to honour those who have died. We know that the death of a loved one can be a painful and confusing time; please contact us if we can support you in your grief or assist you with a funeral or memorial service.