To the family of Antonio Ricciardi:
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Death affects everyone on the face of this earth, yet when it touches us personally, few seek the comfort they search for. The unscriptual doctrines that are taught concerning death do not leave those grieving with comfort or a hope, but they do leave many with unanswered questions. The response that "God works in mysterious ways", does not satisfy the spiritual needs of those who are grieving (Matthew 5:3). However, many have found comfort in the pages of God's word the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). In God's word we find the promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones (John 5:28, 29, Acts 24:15). The Bible tells us where this happy reunion will take place (Psalm 37: 11, 29, Matthew 5:5). We are told why we die (Genesis 3:17-19, Romans 5:12), and that the God of the Bible will end death forever (1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 21:3, 4). In the model prayer, also called the lord's prayer, readers are taught to pray for God's Kingdom (Matthew 6:10). Learning the truth about the God of the Bible (Psalm 83:18, Revelation 4:11), God's Kingdom (Daniel 2:44), and the state of those who have died (Ecclesiastes 9:5), is the start to finding true comfort concerning loved ones who are sleeping in death, as well as satisfying answers to many other questions (John 8:32, John 11:11).
To the Ricciardi Family:
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that this is a devastating time for each of you, but also know that our dear Father will comfort each of you and sustain you now and in the days ahead. _Psalms 55:22
Our heavenly Father just doesn't comfort, he provides hope. By means of the resurrection our loved ones will be reunited with us to live forever as it was intended, in Paradise. (Acts 24:15)
May you be comforted knowing that this brief moment of separation will one day be turned into reunion and life eternal by means of our dear Father. (Psalms 37:29)