Funeral homilies in the Christian tradition are not eulogies where friends and family say how much they have appreciated the loved one who has gone before them. Nor are they panegyrics, which describe the achievements of the deceased.
The funeral homily situates the departed in the context of hope, within the bigger picture of Christ’s death and resurrection. These homilies are just a few from the hundreds of funerals I have celebrated.
May the deceased rest in peace and rise in joy.