When we lose a dear friend, someone we loved deeply, we are left with a grief that can paralyse us emotionally for a long time. People we love become part of us. Our thinking, feeling and acting are codetermined by them: our fathers, our mothers, our husbands, our wives, our children, our friends, the child lost in the womb......they are all living in our hearts.
When they die, a part of us dies too. This is what grief is about; it is that slow and painful departure of someone who has become an intimate part of us. When Christmas, New Year, a birthday or anniversary comes, we feel deeply the absence of our beloved companion. It is not easy to say goodbye. It takes time for the pain of grief to recede. The Lord’s promise rings in our ears:
‘Blessed are those who mourn – They shall be comforted.’
The Lord keeps His promise day in and day out. He also reminds us that there ‘are many rooms in my Father’s House’.
We and the Church support every soul on its journey to Eternal Life. Our prayer, our Masses, our Rosaries, our spiritual support, helps to open the narrow gate to Eternal Life for family and friends.