Thursday, May 7, 2020

Why won't the timid bishops let us mourn our dead at funerals in church?

From The Daily Mail-

The other day I learnt that an old friend had died. But although I can accept this as a matter of fact, I can’t really take it in because there has been no shared recognition among those who knew her that her life is over. 

There hasn’t been a funeral. Tens of thousands of people have died in recent weeks, many from Covid-19, some from different causes. 

Because of lockdown, and the prohibition of more than 10 mourners at a graveside, their deaths have barely been marked in the public sphere. 

And yet one of the most important functions of a funeral is to help us come to terms with the earthly passing of a person we have loved. 

How wrenching it was at the beginning of last month to see photographs of the funeral of 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died from Covid-19. 

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