Dear Jem, Marguy and Anne
Jem: One of the 8 Beatitudes, ‘Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted’.
My sister-in-law’s recent death was marked by a Celebration of her life – just as she wished. Still a very sad & tearful occasion, but surely more appropriate than the ‘traditional funeral’ for a beloved child of the Creator who has returned to her real home.
Marguy: I agree with you; we grieve because we know we will miss them for the rest of our lives in this world, for unfinished business – and some grieve because they don’t believe that the soul is released, at last, from the imprisoning body and its duty completed is able to go back to that natural state of complete peace, joy, understanding and happiness.
Anne: I am sorry for the loss of your dear Father-in-Law xxx It is right, and entirely appropriate, that we mourn the death of a loved one. We love them and therefore feel pain at the perceived separation – a separation which, for them, is over in an instant, but for us may take many years until our own death brings reunion. The mourners, ‘Shall be comforted’ in the knowledge that their dear ones are home and in bliss.