Understanding Catholic Funeral Traditions

Funeral services often share similar elements, such as a visitation prior to the ceremony. However, they can vary widely in their details. At a funeral service that is held for a Catholic individual, there will likely be a crucifix placed in the lid of the casket and above the casket. A rosary may be placed in the decedent’s hands. There will also be a kneeling rail in front of the casket, at which mourners can kneel to pray and pay their respects to the deceased. After saying a prayer, the mourners will enter the receiving line of family members.

You can learn more about Catholic funerals by watching this video. The funeral director explains what you can expect from the service, which is traditionally presided over by a priest.

When planning Catholic funerals in Oahu, you can turn to Valley of the Temples for customizable options and compassionate assistance. To learn more about our services, call (808) 239-8811.

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