Death in the family or in the community is always a very sad moment in life. The impact of death is always as shattering as in any other beliefs. But one great thing about Catholic belief is that the death of a person would only mean that his or her soul will now experience eternal life in the presence of God.
Catholics have a lot of practices regarding funerals. Some of these have been done for a long period of time. Some of the traditional practices are also replaced by new practical ones.
- When someone dies, Catholics usually go for traditional burials over cremation. But cremation is allowed for those who opt for this type.
- After the death of the family member, the family’s duty is to inform the parish.
- Once the church has been called, funeral services can be sought regarding the preparations.
- Roman Catholic Services will also be available if the family decides to go with it or if the will of the deceased states to do so.
- In a Roman Catholic service, it is guaranteed that the body will be treated with respect and the family will be supported during times of loss and grief.
- It is also common for Catholics to conduct Vigils as a form of service and to give out prayers for the soul of the departed.
- A Catholic Vigil is usually held the night before the actual funeral where all families and friends gather and celebrate the good Christian life that their deceased member has lived.
- The venue is where the body is laid, most of the time in funeral homes.
- The Vigil is also the time where friends and relatives show their support for the loss of a family member.
- Depending on the family’s choice, the eulogy may be read that night instead of reading it during the actual funeral.
- A Catholic Funeral Liturgy is also celebrated within a Holy Mass. All prayers are given to appease the soul of the deceased and to send him safely to his or her eternal life with God.