PRE-PLANNING

“Death is the end of earthy life,” and “remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which we bring our lives to fulfillment.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1007.

There are many ways in which we can prepare for death. We do so spiritually by living each day as if it were our last, in a manner that reflects our readiness to go before God to be judged. Since we “know not the day nor the hour,” as Scripture says, we should live holy lives so that we are ready at any moment to be called to eternity.

We can also prepare for death in practical ways—by having a will, by making decisions now that will benefit our loved ones when we are gravely ill or gone, and by making our final arrangements ahead of time so that our family members are not burdened by those tasks at a very difficult and emotional time.

When our final arrangements include burial in a Catholic cemetery, we continue, even in death, to give public witness to our belief in the resurrection of the body and eternal life.

Funerals can be an emotional event for family members. Preplanning can help alleviate some of the stress of losing a loved one, and help ensure that the wishes of the deceased are followed. Funerals serve an important role in the grieving process. For more information contact the cemetery office.

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