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The Resurrection by Lucas Cranach (1558)

The Church must remind us again about the certainty of death

There is no reason  why a coffin cannot be driven up to a crematorium  without ceremony (PA)

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious

The news reporter John Simpson says he has 'a couple of pills handy' (PA photo)

If you don’t believe in eternal life it’s hard to find meaning in the indignities of old age

A couple renew their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Nebraska (CNS photo)

Research suggests an awareness of death can reduce divorce rates. I can well believe it

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

‘Faith teaches us that the fear of death is lightened by a great hope, the hope of eternity’