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"If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living" (Romans 13:7-9).
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
The Bereavement Committee at St. Mary's provides support to parishioners when a family member dies. This support might include taking meals to the family's home, personally visiting the bereaved, assisting with arrangements for a funeral, offering a meal to the family after the funeral, and providing appropriate bereavement follow-up.
Below are listed several excellent books which address the issues of death and bereavement from a solidly Catholic perspective:
- Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer
by Jeff Cavins and Matthew Pinto, Ascencion Press: 2002.
- A Grief Unveiled: One Father's Journey Through the Death of a Child
by Gregory Floyd, Paraclete Press: 1999.
- Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying
by Kathy Kalina, Daughters of St. Paul: 1993.
- Love Is Stronger Than Death
by Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press: 1992.
- A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis: 1961.
- Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: Comforting Catholics in Their Time of Grief
by Glenn M. Spencer Jr., Our Sunday Visitor: 1999.