In the face of death, the Catholic Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has destroyed death forever.
A Catholic funeral, like all funerals, is a time of sadness and mourning. However, in the Catholic faith there is joy in the belief that a funeral represents the passing of the beloved into eternal life. The Catholic Church has many traditions concerning funerals and funeral preparation.
At the time of death, the local parish may be contacted before a funeral home is called. Some Catholics will opt out of conventional funeral home services in favor of Catholic services. You can be sure that the Catholic Church will handle the funeral with utmost respect for the deceased and the grieving family. A priest and other church figures will minister to the grieving friends and family in whatever ways are needed.
Informational and checklist forms below have been assembled for your convenience to answer some of the usual questions asked by those planning a funeral and to help you understand the planning and preparation processes of a Catholic Funeral. Please click on the links below to download and save, print, or copy.
When a loved one dies many people wonder what to do. To open a helpful checklist of things to do after a loved one dies click here (The file will open in PDF format).
For information about funeral planning and preparations click here (The file will open in PDF format).
For a worksheet to assist with funeral planning arrangements click here (The file will open in a PDF fillable format).
If you have experienced a death of a loved one, please call the parish office at (818) 986-8234 to plan and schedule funeral services. Our clergy and staff are always ready to assist you in your time of grief.