I went to a funeral today for a person who died in a sudden and confusing way.
Back home, someone else in my circle of friends also died in a sudden and confusing way.
It makes you think.
The priest began the service with, "Today is the beginning of a new way of relating to her."
That's an interesting new twist for a priest. I think he's right though. She hasn't gone, she's just moved from this way of being to another way of being.
The program also stated the date she entered this life and the date she entered eternal life. Nice touch.
It's unlikely that anything can bring much comfort to the bereaved, but these little ways of reframing something tragic is at least a place to start.