We Christians find bright rays of hope even in the midst or our darkest times. We believe that death is not only an end, but also a beginning. Our loved one has passed from this present, temporary life to a perfect, permanent one. He or she who knew God in faith on earth new sees the Lord face-to-face in heaven. While death separates us, we will one day be reunited with all those we love in a "dwelling provided for us by God, a dwelling in the heavens, not make by hands but to last forever." (2 Corinthians 5:11)
When a Catholic dies, the Church celebrates a particular set of liturgical rites to help us through the immediate days of our grieving, to express our belief in eternal life, and to help us pray for the one who has died. The Order of Christian Funerals provides prayers for loved ones as they gather in the presence of the body, for the wake or scripture service, funeral, final commendation (prayer of farewell), and the Rite of Committal (which we celebrate at the final resting place.)
from Through Death to Life by Joseph M. Champlin
Please contact Fr. Brendan Walsh to make and plan funeral arrangements. He can be reached at 734.426.8483.