For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, 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. – Romans 8:38–39

Paul’s words to the church in Rome are a source of profound comfort to Christians in times of loss, grief, and despair. Even though the pain at the death of a loved one is very real, we hear in this holy text that nothing will be able to separate us from God’s love. The funeral service, or the burial office, is a powerful reminder of this promise. While we mourn our loss, the words, music, and actions of the liturgy reassure us that God’s love is stronger than death. Planning this service can be a particularly meaningful way of honouring the life of your loved one. We are happy to help and support you as you make these important preparations. We hope this is a help and a comfort in your time of grief.