The job of writing the death and funeral announcements at church sometimes falls to me. Families are often too distraught with the death of their loved one and pulled in different directions because of all the other arrangements. My husband, a priest, will usually be with the family, comforting them even as he also grieves the departure of another member of the body of Christ. “Departed in the hope of the Resurrection,” I write.

Every death announcement becomes a pronouncement of the gospel.