Death has taken from us those whom we love.
Intentional disciples hold fast to the truth that there can be no real separation from the beloved ones who have died in the loving embrace of our Lord. The bond of charity forever unites us, enfolding in one embrace earth and heaven.
Thus, our sadness is not the grief of those “who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:12), for it is enthused by lively faith in a blessed Resurrection. For Christians, death is a door opening into eternity, a door which admits the soul into eternal life.