I have an unusual thing to ask you. I am writing the eulogy for my grandmother’s funeral tomorrow and surprising enough have the body completed. The part I am having trouble putting into proper words is thanking the priest and church. I was hoping you would be able to help me complete my thought in the proper wording for the ceremony. Here is what I have:
I’d also like to thank Father XXXX and the XX XXXXXXXXX Church for their part in helping us transition from grief and mourning, through to the mass and prayers that guide her spirit into the kingdom of heaven.
I’m confused on the wording, partially because I don’t know how the church views things. I believe it used to be that everyone went to a purgatory, and that the funeral ceremony was to ask for forgiveness of sins and guidance into heaven. Is that still the belief? It seems that some go more by an assumption that you die and go to heaven, without reference to any type of suffering prior.
I want to specifically thank them because both the viewing and ceremony are being held at the church, which we were told is not done anymore and generally frowned apon, but since it was planned years ago they would allow it.
I just want this to be right. I spent my entire youth going to this church with my Grandmother, took CCD classes there and helped with Summer Bible School there in my early teens. I haven’t been very close to organized religion for some time now and don’t want to mess this up.
Thanks in advance for your help.