God’s love and power extends over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.
Even those who share such faith, however, find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
The church is here to give comfort to those who are bereaved and if you are reading this because someone you love or know has died, we want you to know that God is able to give you comfort and peace in your sorrow.
You may remember that one of Jesus’ friends, Lazarus, died following a time of sickness. You can read about this is in John’s gospel chapter 11. The passage recounts the time when Jesus wept with sorrow. So if you are sorrowful and weepy, you are in good company. However, in His sorrow, Jesus had some very encouraging and challenging words to say in verse 25:
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
If you have been bereaved and live within the benefice of Newnham, Awre or Blakeney, we would love to hear from you and give you comfort and help you with funeral arrangements. Please make contact by speaking to the vicar, Rob James.
There is also some practical help when coming to terms with a death on the Christian Funerals website.
An idea of the structure of funeral services can be found on the Church of England website.