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As the world lives out history and everything that was accepted as normal has now taken on a new meaning and a new way, we are trying to adjust to so many restrictions and changes. Funerals are no exception to the changes being experienced because of Covid19.

For the Irish culture we have always mourned our dead visibly, and saying goodbye to our dead was a community event. We supported our grieving families by praying together in church and homes. We supported them at the graveside. With the new restrictions we cannot do this and this is very difficult. We have to watch from a distance, we cannot shake hands or hug the families that to some of us are close neighbours and friends.

Familes have had to make an agonising decison to allow only immediate family of parents and siblings attend the funerals – This to all of us is extremely difficult. We feel the pain and heartache of those who mourn and we long to be able to stand united with them and support them on their entry into the grieving process. For now all we can do is support with our words and prayers from a distance.

We pray for all who are mourning in these difficult times….

Bless those who mourn the death of a relative or friend and feel that with this loss their lives are incomplete. Bless those who mourn, and heal their brokeness. Bless those who mourn and cannot reach out for help. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say goodbye. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say sorry. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say I love you.

Bless all who mourn.

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend, grant those who mourn the  comfort of your presence in their loss. Wrap them in your comfort, walk with them in their path of sorrow and carry them in their sadness and loss. Rest their weary hearts and soothe their tired minds. Lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven. We ask all of this through the Risen Jesus. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4



Bishop Fintan Gavin has provided the following guidance regarding funerals in the Diocese of Cork and Ross during the Covid-19 pandemic.