Adrian chose the popular reading about the “souls of the just” from the book of Wisdom for his Dad’s Requiem Mass but privately at home he found it very hard to accept. He and Rosemarie cried many bitter tears, even though they kept saying to themselves, “he is at peace.” They knew it was OK and part of their healing process.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died and their departure was thought to be an affliction and their going from us to be their destruction, but they are at peace. Wisdom 2:23 – 3:9.
Pope Francis: If we accept death we can prepare ourselves for it. The way is to grow in our love for those who walk at our side, until that day when “death will be no more, mourning and crying and pain will be no more. We will thus prepare ourselves to meet once more our loved ones who have died. AL 258