St. Paul famously writes, “For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
As Christians, we need not be afraid of death. Jesus tells his disciples, “I go to prepare a place for you . . . that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3)
To be a faithful Christian is to live in Christ now, as we prepare for the life to come. An important task in being prepared is the making of burial arrangements before death occurs. It is a measure of our own spiritual health and awareness of our Christian hope. It is also one of the most loving gifts we can provide for our surviving family members because of the many decisions that surround death and burial.
In order to assist individuals in making prayerful and informed decisions concerning their death, St. Michael’s has created a Burial Preparation Booklet, available for download here. If you would like to further discuss this important subject with a member of the clergy, please contact the Parish Office.