In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each of us for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.
Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.
The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God's mercy and judgement and meet the human need to turn to God in times of crisis.
Below are some helpful resources to aid in funeral planning.
Diocese of Duluth
Suggested Funeral Readings
MN Catholic Health Care Directives
End-of-Life Care Decisions Guide
Vatican Guidelines on Cremation