Catholic funeral planning checklist

Catholic funeral planning checklist

A Catholic funeral provides hope at what is often one of the bleakest times. It is an act of thanksgiving to God for the gift of the life of the person who has died. It also offers hope and consolation to those left behind. We hope our Catholic funeral planning checklist offers help at this difficult time.

Catholic funeral planning checklist

  • Choose funeral director
  • Give instruction on burial or cremation
  • Decide whether to have funeral at church, cemetery or crematorium
  • If church funeral, decide whether you want Catholic funeral Mass or funeral without Mass
  • Fix date of the funeral
  • Make a list of those you would like to attend
  • Choose readings
  • Choose music and hymns
  • Decide what family/friends will do at the funeral. For example, bear coffin, do readings, compose and read bidding prayers, place pall on the coffin, place Bible and crucifix on the coffin, bring up the bread and wine at funeral Mass
  • Decide whether you want someone to speak in memory of the person
  • Instructions regarding flowers
  • Details of designated charity in lieu of flowers
  • Finalise Order of Service
  • Arrange a reception after the funeral