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Creating My Funeral Plan

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, says the Lord,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”
Matthew 25:34

As Christians, our earthy life is a pilgrimage with the Lord to our final home, the new and eternal Jerusalem.  It is our final destination, and we eagerly await joining the Lord and those who have gone before us in faith.  To leave this life requires our death, and that reality can be a time of great stress for those we leave behind.  It is right that we plan for that day, and help our loved ones with some simple advance planning, which we offer below.

Cut and paste the following paragraphs, fill in the blanks, and store in a safe place your family knows about so that it will be available to them at the time they are making arrangements. 

My Funeral Plan

To my children and other family members:
As a gift to you who will be responsible for my funeral, I am taking time to put my preferences in writing. I hope you find this helpful.

My Name:_________________________________________________________

Preference for Funeral Home: _______________________________________

According to Catholic practices, my earthly remains, whether corporal or cremated, are to be treated with respect and interred in a dignified place, usually a cemetery or columbarium following the funeral. 

   ___ I prefer that I be buried in a casket 
   ___ I wish to be cremated.
   My preference for Cemetery: ______________________________

Catholics should have a Christian burial, normally celebrated in a Funeral Mass, unless circumstances suggest a preference for a Catholic Funeral outside of Mass. I desire a
        ___ Funeral Mass
        ___ Funeral Service outside of Mass

Parish for Funeral:
Name of Church: ________________________________________________

City of Church:   ________________________________________________

Scripture Preferences:
   Old Testament Reading: ______________________________________________

   New Testament Reading: ______________________________________________

   Gospel Reading: _____________________________________________________

Preference for person(s) to read these readings:



Hymn or Song Preferences 
     (music used should be music normally used at church)

Entrance Procession:  __________________________________________________

Psalm Response: __________________________________________________

Preparation of the Gifts: ____________________________________________

Communion Procession: ____________________________________________

Closing Song: _______________________________________________________

In lieu of flowers, suggest donations to:
   ____ My home parish (name)__________________________________________

  ____ My favorite Charity (name) _______________________________________




Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.