A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church. Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.
“Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.”
Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide.
Talk with your minister about what is possible.
In many cases, arranging a funeral keeps people so busy that they don’t feel their loss fully until afterwards. Grieving is natural and important, and it may take a long time. There is an annual memorial service to remember those who have passed away and you may find it helpful to attend. There are also support groups that meet regularly throughout the year.