Living through bereavement and the pain that the death of a loved one brings comes to all of us at one time or another for it is the way of Life that all living things, whether early or late, must come unto death. It is a road we must all travel and each life must come to its ending.
The Church has always walked alongside those, and all who love them, who pass from this life into death. In doing so we proclaim that following in the life of Christ we are offered the hope of resurrection, and we trust those who have died are now safe in the hands of an infinitely, gracious and loving God.
In the words of William Penn, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania:
““Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.”
– William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude (Extract from a recent memorial service at Holy Trinity, Pitlochry)
The Funeral service of the Scottish Episcopal Church provide a framework for individual and prayerful celebrations of the life of those ‘we love but see no longer’.
For further details please contact our Rector, Revd Liz Baker.