For some, death is annihilation; for others, it is senseless and has no meaning. But for the Christian, death is a transition to a new and never-ending life (Guidelines for Funerals and Burials).

“Life is changed, not ended,” and “when the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.” This is possible because in Christ, “who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection has dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality” (Preface of the Mass, Christian Death I).


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