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Every time I go to a funeral at my church (I play violin and usually play with the hymns for funerals) our priest brings up the event when he prayed, at mass, for his mother to assist with his dad in either healing him (dad) or bringing him home to her, and dad died within moments of that prayer.
This is what the Catholic church calls the "communion of saints", and after hearing this sermon 4 or 5 times it has become a comfort to learn that those who precede us can perhaps really hear us, are there with us, are waiting for us and share in our day to day lives in the dimension they can.

This last funeral was for a couple who were married nearly 70 years--I did not know them well but the man was 88 and very much an elder of the church, known by all.

I write on this list as a friend of quite a few widow/widowers, (5 come to mind immediately in my close circle of friends, including cat)and read partially to help understand.

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