Prayers after Death
This ritual is used immediately after death in the home or the hospital. The presence of the priest or deacon, the readings and the prayers can be of great comfort to the family.
Gathering in the Presence of the Body
This ritual can also be of great comfort to family members and friends. It allows for a time of simple prayer and shared silence.
Vigil for the Deceased
If cremation has already taken place, friends and family may still gather to pray. While it has been a tradition to pray the rosary in some regions, the vigil for the deceased is celebrated in a “Liturgy of the Word” service. These include prayer for the deceased and recognition of his/her Christian life.