Every year the staff at ElderLink are involved in at least 30 funerals. It is a privilege to support families through these difficult times.
At ElderLink last month I had the honour of taking two funerals. These occasions are very different at the moment, with only six mourners allowed into the crematorium. In total, we have had five of our clients pass away, as well as two clients’ relatives. Here are seven grieving families whom we can pray for and support as best as we can.
As I have sought to support our clients who are in the ‘vulnerable’ group during this lockdown period, the passage in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 has resonated even more starkly with me. ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die…’
I have always counted it a great privilege to be involved with families going through the sadness of death and bereavement. Many relatives have been so grateful to have had someone who knew their loved one to preside at the funeral and add extra snippets of information to the eulogy. I always try to personalise the short address, and present the gospel.
It is a continual challenge to me to ensure that all our clients have the good news explained to them while they are with us at ElderLink. Salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit. What a challenge to keep on praying!