Yesterday my family attended a memorial mass in honor of my late mother who died of metastatic breast cancer three years ago.

Christians are comforted in the belief that they will see their loved ones again, in a better place that is free of suffering.

Literature often offers comfort in death by preserving memory.

Memory in a literary sense captures that which is no longer with us and safeguards it in language, which is eternal.

So the writing of a eulogy or the reading of the deceased’s name during a memorial is really the use of language to transcribe them into memory.