Ecclesiological significance of grief – or forbidden feelings in the funeral

09.15 24/2/10 - 0 ath.

Kirkja og kista

A Christian who bids farewell to a deceased beloved one in a church funeral, is faced with an emotional dilemma. On the one hand death has surely left its mark and changed the life of those who are bereaved of their loved one: a cognitive fact that leads to an affective state. On the other hand the Christian message proclaimed in the funeral is that death‘s power has been broken by the risen Christ who is joined by the dead one in resurrection: an affective state, leading to a cognitively acknowledged fact?



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