Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Luke 7:11-17

“Young man, I say to you, arise”

Today, we gather together to mourn the loss of our beloved [name], and to find peace and comfort in the words of scripture.

In the Gospel we just heard, we witness a heart-wrenching scene of a mother grieving the loss of her only son. As she follows the funeral procession, her sorrow and despair are palpable. But in the midst of this tragic moment, Jesus arrives and performs a miracle, raising the young man from the dead. This powerful act of compassion and mercy reminds us of the hope and promise of eternal life, even in the face of death.

Death is a part of life that we all must face, yet it never becomes any easier. Every loss is unique and personal, and there are no words that can fully ease the pain. But as we celebrate the life of [name] and mourn their passing, let us hold onto the truth found in this passage. Just as Jesus showed his compassion and love for the grieving mother, he also sees and understands our pain. He weeps with us and offers us comfort and hope in the midst of our sorrow.

For those of us who are left behind, it can be difficult to find our footing after losing someone so dear to us. But as we continue on our journey without [name], let us remember three important lessons from this passage:

First, we are not alone in our grief. Just as the community of Nain surrounded the grieving mother, we too, have each other to lean on for support and strength. Let us not be afraid to reach out to one another and share our burdens.

Second, we must trust in Jesus’ promise of eternal life. The young man’s resurrection serves as a powerful reminder that death is not the end. With faith, we can find comfort in the knowledge that our loved one is in the arms of our loving savior.

And finally, let us never forget to be thankful for the time we had with [name]. Whether it be a few short years or many decades, each moment spent together was a blessing and a gift from God.

As we prepare to say our final goodbyes to [name], let us remember the words of Jesus, “Do not weep.” For we know that [name] is in a better place, free from pain and sorrow. Let us take comfort in the promise of eternal life and hold on to the memories of [name] that will forever live on in our hearts.