Benefits of Ritual in a Catholic Funeral
When a death occurs, Catholics are free to choose a traditional funeral or decide to go with a more modern service. Funerals give us an opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one, begin to heal and gain closure and celebrate the life that was lived. No matter what kind of funeral you choose, those goals can be accomplished. However, there are benefits to the ritual of a traditional Catholic funeral.
For a Catholic, faith is at the heart of life. It’s only natural, then, that a Catholic’s faith should be demonstrated at the end of life service as well.
- A Catholic funeral is an opportunity to commune in worship. More than just an expression of grief, it’s an act of worship in which the Church joins with the family and friends of the deceased to give thanks to God for Christ’s victory over death.
- God’s unending mercy is the source of our faith and hope. Through the Catholic funeral liturgy, we commend the person who has died to God’s tender mercy and compassion.
- A Catholic funeral service is a reaffirmation of faith. Rather than a eulogy, a Catholic service contains a homily that dwells on God’s compassionate love, offering a message of consolation and strength.
- During a Catholic funeral, there’s a time of intercession. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in petition for the deceased at a Catholic service affords the opportunity to pray for the soul of the person who has died.
Sometimes, family members of the person who has died may not be practicing Catholics. Children grow up and sometimes leave the faith, and families who have drifted apart sometimes don’t realize that their loved one wanted a Catholic funeral. If it’s important for you to have a Catholic funeral, it’s a good idea to put your wishes in writing before you die.
Whether you want a traditional Catholic funeral or wish to forego ritual in favor of a more contemporary ceremony, pre-planning is a good idea. When you pre-plan, you make your wishes known. You can choose your readings and music and set the tone of all aspects of the funeral. Additionally, pre-planning saves your family members the stress of guesswork during an already difficult time. Because you’ve planned in advance, your family doesn’t have to make hard decisions and can focus on mourning and begin to heal.
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