First of all, get in touch with the priest or pastor of the deceased in order to plan and book a funeral mass. This priest will usually visit the home to console the family and pray for the deceased. In addition to this, call a funeral home as well. The funeral director will require clothes for the loved one to be buried in and a coffin needs to be decided. Also, select the music and flower arrangements for the funeral rites in advance.
Make arrangements for the vigil and mass
You should book a time and place for the vigil and inform this to family and friends. The vigil normally takes place during the time before the funeral mass. During a vigil, close ones gather and say a few words about their loved one. A few families also look at the deceased one last time. Also, arrange a time with the pastor for the funeral mass and tell this to relatives and friends. During the funeral mass, there is usually sprinkling of holy water, placing the Easter candle and draping a white pall over the casket stressing baptism.
Plan with the funeral director to ensure the body arrives at the selected burial site during the rite of committal. The priest will read scripture and pray while the body is buried. Moreover, after the committal people will gather at the home of the deceased. Therefore, prepare the house by cleaning it and keep some foods and drinks for the guests. Also, family and friends can also bring food along and pay their tribute to the family of the loved one.