Thank you for considering Ascension to help plan your loved ones, or, your own funeral needs. The loss of a family member or friend is a very difficult time for those left behind who are presented with many different choices. We have compiled this guide in order to assist you in understanding and planning the Funeral Rites.

This guide can be used at any time. You can refer to it when you are faced with these decisions because your loved one just passed away or you can make your wishes clear to your family ahead of your death by choosing preferences such as a funeral home/mortuary, if you want a Vigil, a Funeral Liturgy and Committal, what readings and music, and where you want your final resting place to be.

In this guide, you will find an overview of the rites, actionable steps, and references. We invite you to read this guide in order to help you make your choices and complete the forms at the end. Please bring them with you to the meeting with our funeral facilitator, who is here to assist you. They are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the Church guidelines for Funeral Rites.

If you are using this information to pre-plan your own funeral, please give a copy of the completed forms to a trusted family member. You may also leave a copy of the completed form with a funeral facilitator or the parish office.

Printable Guide (Includes Forms)

The Three Components of Funeral Rites

Rituals & Symbols

Making Arrangements

Frequently Asked Questions