Catholic funerals are centered around the belief in the resurrection of the dead and the hope of eternal life. While acknowledging the pain of loss, the focus is on celebrating the life of the departed, giving thanks for the time shared, and entrusting the soul to God’s mercy.
At the heart of Catholic funeral rites is the Funeral Mass, a sacred liturgy that offers prayers for the deceased and seeks God’s mercy. The Eucharist is a central element, symbolizing the Paschal Mystery—the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the funeral rites, prayers are offered for the deceased, asking for God’s mercy and the forgiveness of sins. The Church, through its rituals, expresses solidarity with the grieving family and emphasizes the importance of communal prayer for the soul of the departed.