For some, death is annihilation; for others, it is senseless and has no meaning. But for the Christian, death is a transition to a new and never-ending life (Guidelines for Funerals and Burials).
“Life is changed, not ended,” and “when the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.” This is possible because in Christ, “who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection has dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality” (Preface of the Mass, Christian Death I).
- Download the Guidelines for Funerals and Burials in the Catholic Church for general information on the help available to the Catholic community when a death occurs
- There are also guidelines regarding the funeral rites for those who have asked for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide here
- Talk to your local parish priest and funeral homes throughout the area for the complete guidelines
- Learn more about choosing a Catholic cemetery