“Life is changed, not taken away.”
As Christians, we believe that death is a transition, not an end. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead. We believe that in dying, he destroyed our death and that in rising, he restored our life. We also believe that as members of His Body we will share in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Yet, death is a time of sorrow also. In the midst of the hope and the sorrow, many decisions must be made. Many duties must be carried out.
Funeral Home: The vast majority of people in the United States choose a funeral home to assist them at the time of death. Two practical considerations should guide people in the choice of funeral home. The first is reputation. The second is cost.
Phone Calls: It might be extremely helpful to the family of the deceased for someone to volunteer to represent the family and make the necessary phone calls.
Cemetery: If arrangements have not already been made, a representative of the cemetery will meet with those responsible for planning the funeral and present various options.
There are two Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Miami:
Our Lady of Mercy
305-592-0521 Miami-Dade County
Our Lady Queen of Heaven
954-972-1234 Broward County
Statement about Cremation: Cremation may be a confusing issue for Catholics. At one time, the Church prohibited cremation, except in cases of natural disaster or plague. Cremation was seen by some as a denial of the resurrection and an offense against traditional Christian reverence for the body. This is no longer the case and cremation is now permitted by the Church.
It should be pointed out that the Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites. This is because the presence of the human body better expresses the values, which the church affirms in those rites.
Sometimes, however, it is not possible for the body to be present for the Funeral Mass. In these circumstances, the Church is sensitive to the needs of the family of the deceased and allows the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy in the presence of the cremated remains of the deceased. Finally, it should be noted that the practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend is usually not recommended.