(2:18) – With testimonies from priests and family members, this short video shows the importance of a Catholic funeral not only for the deceased but also for those left behind. It shows how we imitate the reverence that was shown to Jesus’ body. It also emphasizes the importance of a family taking a role in putting the funeral Mass together as a final gift to their loved one.
(1:38) – This is a short video that uses the testimony of loved ones to focus on the beauty and the healing powers of a funeral. It shows that the funeral is not only an opportunity for loved ones to express sorrow and love for the deceased, but also to express their faith in God, and to create a lasting memory of the deceased. It re-emphasizes that through our Catholic faith there is hope for a life after death.
(3:51) – How do humans, and specifically Catholics, think about death? What lies behind a fear of death? Should you bring children to funerals? Interviews with priests, monks, and laity offer food for thought.
(3:34) – Witnesses speak of perhaps being afraid of dying but not afraid of being dead. Jesus’ dying helps us to overcome the fear of death. We hear of the “joy” surrounding dying and what death leads to. The transition from life to death can even be exciting – we have a taste of heaven through our Catholic faith, but really cannot comprehend how beautiful it will be.
(5:12) – This video focuses on our own mortality – we will all die. We hear from people who came near death and how they came to better understand that we are not in control – God is. If we have faith in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, if we have faith that there is a heaven, then death is not something to be feared.
(4:52) – This video explores the importance of Jesus’ resurrection on our attitudes and understanding of our own death. Without the resurrection of Jesus, our faith makes no sense. The promise of eternal life for our bodies and souls is essential to our beliefs. The fear of death can be eliminated because of the resurrection. Death can still be terrible but we trust that it has been overcome by Jesus’ death and resurrection – it is our passage to eternal life.
(6:13) – Several people pondering the reality of Heaven help us to envision what we have to look forward to after our death. The ultimate relationship with Jesus is what we are striving for – we can look forward to knowing God intimately and fully. Heaven is a wonderful gift from God that gives us our hope for eternal happiness.
(4:42) – Various parts of our culture have created a numbness to death. If we do not have hope in God, then this numbness creeps into our lives. When we lose the sense of God, we lose the importance of life and turn toward the culture of death. We, as Christians have a moral obligation to be witnesses to a culture of life.
(2:51) – A counselor shares that a suicidal person is usually trying to get away from pain. We should first try to stop them from going through with it. Then try to be with them and what they are going through, comfort them, give them some hope, give them a sense of their own worth. If we can show that we genuinely care for them it can draw them back from their despair.
(14:04) – Dr. Scott Hahn offers a longer theological and practical reflection on death in his inimitable style. This video is ideal for watching with your Bible study or prayer group ahead of a discussion of how Christians approach death.