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What is a funeral?

What is a funeral?

Funerals are not a sacrament.   They rather designate the set of rites by which the Church accompanies one of its deceased members until the final disposal of his body or his ashes and manifests, at the same time, its sympathy with his family and loved ones.


The liturgical celebration (Eucharistic or of the Word) of the funeral is different from the homages or testimonies of friendship and recognition that relatives and friends may legitimately wish to pay to the deceased.   It is essentially a step of faith which is based on the fact that the deceased person has been baptized, that he has become a child of God and a member of the family of Christ.   It is in this capacity that the Church wishes to celebrate her passage to the world of God and to share the hope of finding her again in eternal life.

Steps to follow in the event of a death

First, contact a funeral home: the people in charge of this company will offer you different options.   If you choose to celebrate a funeral at the church, it is usually the funeral home staff who contacts your parish to set the date and time of the ceremony.   No decision should be taken in this regard without the agreement of the parish since it is necessary to take into account the availability of priests, deacons or pastoral agents and of the church._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Subsequently, the person who will preside over the celebration will contact you to prepare it.


Since the celebration of the funeral at the church involves the use of the latter and the fees of the maintenance and animation staff, the costs may vary according to the Christian community. We invite you to contact the secretariat of the community where you wish to celebrate the funeral.

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