The message at all Anglican funerals, wherever they happen, is one of hope. Although there is sadness because someone you know and love has died, in every Anglican funeral there will also be a message of hope in life after death.
Christians believe that when we die God promises that we will be with him in a wonderful place where death and pain are gone forever. Whatever the circumstances of death these words of hope are a great comfort to those who attend a funeral.
We die, we can't see the person we love anymore, but Christians believe that through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will see that person again. It might be in very different form, in a very different way, but that is the Christian hope, and that is what everyone will get when they come to a Anglican funeral.
Hope is not just for the person who has died, it's for the people who remain behind. It gives us something to hold on to. We are surrounded by creation with signs of things that die and come back to life, and that's a wonderful metaphor of hope.
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