Father Daniel with the Parish Family group had started a bereavement support group of bereaved parents. “This is for your support of one another, “he said. “The group will meet once a month but you are free to meet informally with one another at any time. “Hope is the one concept I have to hold on to,” Mrs Peters shared with her friend as she sat weeping quietly. “How could a young boy like him, on the brink of life die in such a gruesome accident. I know he hadn’t been a regular church goer since he was confirmed but I hope that his faith and my prayers even helped him to make his peace with God in those moments before he died.”
We would not have you ignorant, brethren concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thes. 4:13-14.
Pope Francis How can we even begin to understand the grief of parents who have lost a child? It is as if time stops altogether, a chasm opens to engulf both past and future. How many people – I can understand them – get angry with God. AL254 It consoles us to know that those who die do not completely pass away and faith assures us that the risen Lord will never abandon us. AL256