Homegoing Celebration vs. Funeral

Funeral for a Feeling

Funeral for a Feeling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Homegoing celebrations are when followers of Christ choose to commemorate the passing of loved ones.  Death should never be a sad occasion for a believer because we know that “being away from the body is to be at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8) is better than any day we could ever have on Earth.  But is there ever a time when a funeral is a more approriate option?  When I hear of people dying unfortunate and untimely deaths I often wonder if a somber funeral is more necessary than a homegoing celebration.  Death is sad for those left behind but the person’s spirit is in a recurring state of happiness.  Therefore a funeral full of grief-stricken individuals appears to be more commonplace than a celebration of life.  If there was a way for us to focus more on the eternity of the deceased than on our temporal sadness we could effectively overcome our grief, whenever it occurs.

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