The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
Book of Common Prayer p. 507
Death is never easy and it is the intent of the Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership (CEMP) to assist during this difficult time. The priest in charge of CEMP should be notified as soon as possible; this can be done on your own or when you meet with the funeral director of your choice. CEMP will assist you in making all decisions in planning for the service and other related matters.