Greg Erlandson: In defense of funerals

“There is a sobering beauty to the funeral Mass and the ritual procession to the gravesite. There is a wisdom to gathering in the church hall for casseroles and remembrances.”

Knocking at death’s spiritual door in the time of COVID-19

In addition to taking away those who, from our perspective, died before their time, said Father James Gardiner, the coronavirus changed the process of mourning and spiritual rituals that help with grief and healing, including for those whose loved ones have died from something other than COVID-19.