Christians have been urged to discontinue pricey funerals by Rev. Fr. Godfrey Gopep, Parish Priest of St. Finbarrs’ Catholic Church in Rayfield, Jos.
In his homily on Sunday, the religious leader delivered the counsel, according to NAN.
Gopep observed that funerals need to be sombre as opposed to the constant “show” that occurs during such events.
The cleric claimed that planning pricey funerals for loved ones would not guarantee their passage to heaven.
“I’ve noticed that most Christian funerals cost a lot of money; we spend a lot of money to bury our loved ones.
“Sometimes, people who gave significant quantities of money for the funeral didn’t help the deceased while he or she was still living.
“Families now compete and put on a show, and I’ve heard that some churches now charge a fee before conducting funerals.
He asked Christians to stop spending such large sums of money on funerals and to start helping those who are still alive.
Gopep was appointed as chaplain of the Government House Chapel in January by Plateau Governor Simon Lalong.
In October 2011, the 40-year-old was consecrated as a priest for the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos.