Lament for a Son - Section 4: p. 38-48 Summary & Analysis

Nicholas Wolterstorff
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Section 4: p. 38-48 Summary and Analysis

Eric's funeral gives rest to the narrator's soul. The narrator realizes that Eric's death is not all there is left to life. The narrator composed a liturgy for his friend with cancer several years before Eric's death, but ironically, his friend attends Eric's funeral. The liturgy thanks God for Eric's presence and expresses grief that Eric is no longer present. A shroud and lilies are placed over Eric's coffin as the congregation and choir sing. They celebrate the Eucharist, the sacrament of God's participation in their brokenness. During the service, Claire reads the "Song of Hannah." At the end of the ceremony, the narrator comes forward to express his appreciation for the outpouring of love and faith. After speaking, he sings "For All the Saints." Eric's family follow the coffin out of the church with the narrator...

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