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How important is it that we be buried near our loved ones?  As much as we want to be, sometimes this is not possible. I am curious as to how it will work on resurrection day.  Will we quickly be able to get to our loved ones even if we are many miles apart?  Thank you.

Mary Jane




Dear Mary Jane,

I am of the opinion that funerals and burials are for the living. Funerals offer closure and support of family and friends. Gravesides give the living a place to go and feel closer to their loved one who has passed. As you observed, it is not always possible to be buried near family. Take for example the pioneers. Some of them were buried along the trail, far from family.  So, no, I don’t think it matters where you are buried  (except to those who survive you.)

About the resurrection, we don’t know much about how that will work as the Lord has not chosen to reveal it. So I can’t give you specifics about how families will find each other.  What I can do is reassure you that the same God who created this world, and will resurrect bones that have turned to dust into living beings of flesh and bone, can certainly make sure everyone is reconnected with their loved ones. You can be certain of that.

Rest assured the Lord has a plan even if He has not revealed it. Our job is to focus on serving Him with the time we have.






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