The funeral ministers held a little workshop to discuss issues around death and burial “It is important for some families how and where their elders are buried. Burial ground is sacred ground and being buried with ancestors gives them a sense of peace. Even today some families want the remains of people who have died far away, or whose bodies have been taken away, to be returned to their home area. Cremation is becoming more common but is not acceptable for everyone. We understand that Issues around death and burial are cultural matters and not the same for everyone and that is quite in order.”
Jacob charged his sons, “I am to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that Abraham bought. There they buried Abraham and Sarah, they buried Isaac and Rebekah and there I buried Leah. When Jacob finished charging his sons he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people. From Genesis 49 – 50.
Pope Francis: The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. EG 66. Although the certainly of death saddens us we are consoled by the promise of future immortality. For the life of those who believe in you Lord, is not ended but changed. AL 256