For Christians, dying is an adventure in Christ.
Many of us are afraid of death because we fear the unknown of what lies ahead of us. However, because of the promises of Jesus and His victory over sin and death, a happy death is possible. It becomes an opportunity for us to witness the transition of a soul from this life into the next. As Christians, we can count on the hope of living with the Blessed Trinity and all the angels and saints in Heaven when our journey on earth ends.
The Church has long considered St. Joseph the Worker, foster father of Jesus, to be the patron of a happy death. His earthly life ended with his wife Mary and son Jesus by his side. While the earthly passing of a loved one surely brings overwhelming waves of sadness, there are a few things that some families have noted to have helped them usher a loved one into the experience of a peaceful and “happy death”. Some examples include:
Courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Vancouver
Your parish clergy are a wonderful resource for you during this time of loss. As an extension of your parish, our deacons at Catholic Cemeteries are also available to offer prayer, comfort and consolation to you and your family.
Deacon Dan Keller
Deacon Jim Tardy
Deacon Norm Tierney