Funeral planning in Hayward requires a closer look at cultural, religious, and social traditions.
Even though Catholicism has different degrees of orthodoxy, most Catholics
believe that death is the passing from the physical world to the afterlife
so that the deceased’s soul will live on in the afterlife. In planning
ahead for a Catholic funeral, a priest should be brought in to administer
special rites and Holy Communion when death is imminent. This closer look
at Catholic funeral traditions will help you plan a respectful ceremony
for a loved one.
Administering necessary rites
After death, the family should contact a priest to administer the necessary
rites and initiate the
funeral planning process. Many local churches will have relationships with Catholic or Catholic-friendly
funeral homes. As a result, reaching out to the deceased’s priest
is a great way to find the right funeral home.
Timing the funeral service
Catholics may not hold funeral masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy
Saturday, or Easter Sunday. During Advent, Lent, and Easter, the church
also prohibits funeral masses on Sundays. However, a funeral mass may
be held on Ash Wednesday, but the ashes won’t be distributed in
There is disagreement within the Catholic Church on the acceptability of
organ donation. Many Catholic leaders now follow the medical diagnosis
that the end of brain function constitutes the end of life. Following
this view, Catholics may be organ donors, as organ donation will serve
as a final charitable act a person can make.
The Catholic Church was historically opposed to cremation services. However,
the church now allows a Catholic’s remains to be cremated, so long
as the body is present for the funeral mass. However, instead of scattering
the ashes, the remains should be buried or entombed in a columbarium.
Embalming is also acceptable according to the Catholic faith.
For more than 140 years, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has provided local
families with end-of-life services, which account for diverse religious,
ethnic, and cultural traditions. If you’re
planning a Catholic funeral service, please call us at (888) 960-1302. We are one of the most comprehensive
funeral and cremation service providers in Northern California.