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Funeral Prayers for use at home

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below.For there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8.38-39

The words from the Letter to the Romans are often read at funeral services, and are a fitting reminder to us during the Covid-19 pandemic, that God's love is ever present in our lives, even when we face difficulties and trails.

One of the sad realities of our new 'socially distanced' world and the current restrictions on movement, mean it may not be possible for everyone to attend a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. This adds to our sense of loss and grief, and we miss giving and receiving the support that we find from each other when physically gathering for a funeral or memorial service.

Many are facing this in the current crisis, so the Methodist Church and the Church of England have provided specially written short reflections to help you say your formal goodbyes while remaining in your home. You may wish to use them alone or with those who share your home, and you might like to invite others to take part at the same time from their home.

'Saying Goodbye — For Children' — is an activity sheet designed for young people express their feelings and share memories about their loved one. Although aimed at children, this activity is suitable for all ages.

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