The central message of Christianity is that life does not end with death. We have the promise of eternal life: that death is the gateway into the abiding presence and love of God, in whose hands we may confidently place all our burdens.

In Finland, funerals usually take place about two or three weeks after a death has occurred. They may be held in a church, chapel, hospital chapel, at the graveside or at the home of the deceased. Details of where the service is to be held should be discussed with the priest.

After a funeral, there is usually a gathering in the parish hall or another suitable place, at which memories are shared and relatives and friends support and comfort each other. Parishes usually have facilities well-suited to such occasions. They can accommodate large gatherings, and have all the tables, chairs, tablecloths and crockery needed. Facilities are available free of charge or at minimal cost to parishioners.