The death of a loved one is a very difficult time. We recommend that you contact a funeral home as soon as possible; funeral directors are professionals who will provide a central point of contact between you and all those taking part in the funeral arrangements. We encourage you to reflect Christian simplicity and moderation when making arrangements. You are always welcome to contact the friars and/or Ministry Centre staff for support. Our guide will help you to understand and plan for a Catholic funeral.
The church allows for cremation however, it is preferable for cremation to take place after the funeral liturgy. In certain circumstances, it is possible for cremation to take place first and for the funeral to be celebrated in the presence of the ashes. The Catholic Church requires that ashes be buried or entombed. Ashes are the remains of a person and are sacred. They must never be scattered. Contact Catholic Cemeteries for information on burial.