Ever since the early days of the church, bereaved families and
close friends have gathered together at the death of a Christian.
Prayers and rituals bring comfort and consolation for those who are
grieving. Planning the Catholic Funeral clearly and carefully takes
the bereaved through the significant moments in the ritual for
funerals by providing an overview of the funeral, as well as space
to write down decisions while going through the planning process.
This planning guide, written in accordance with the Order of
Christian Funerals, is a valuable tool at the time of the funeral,
whether the death was unexpected or planned for in advance.
Planning the Catholic Funeral is an important tool for the pastoral
staff, lectors, musicians, and those who assist grieving family and
friends to effectively plan ministries that celebrate the death of
a Christian in a meaningful and loving way. With this book, a
difficult and often confusing time is transformed into a time of
pastoral liturgical care for the bereaved. Planning the Catholic
Funeral allows those who are grieving, as well as those who are
assisting them, to appreciate the funeral as a journey taken with
the parish community.