To provide you with all possible assistance, please call the nearest priest as soon as you or a loved one may be in danger of death, and then call a priest again immediately after the passing of a loved one.
The mystery of death and resurrection is at the heart of Christian belief. The Catholic Funeral Rites reflect hope in eternal life through Jesus Christ, spiritual support for the deceased’s soul, prayers for the comfort of their surviving loved ones, honoring the body, and the love of God manifest in Christ.
These Rites enable the Christian Community both to mourn and to hope, by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ.
For detailed information about Catholic funerals, please see St. Catherine’s Guide to Catholic Funerals.