The funeral service is a celebration of the life of the deceased loved one and an opportunity to remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and God's promise that nothing, not even death, can separate us from His love. This is what we proclaim when we join in God's house to remember a loved one.
The words on page 507 of the Book of Common Prayer say it best:
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its 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 sorry in sympathy with those who mourn.
Please contact Father Link Hullar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 860-583-5445 for assistance in making funeral or memorial service arrangements.