While death and taxes may be certain, planning one's own or a loved one's funeral rites, even when death is not on the horizon, does not hasten the coming of the transition to eternity. Discussing and planning one's obsequies is truly a gift so that, when death does occur, loved ones will peacefully and confidently celebrate the funeral rites of the Church.
Our parish's funeral planning guide is available here. When plans and requests have been completed, it is best to give copies of the requests to loved ones and to the parish office.
Nowadays, most people choose cremation. The Church teaches that burial of the body -- baptized, anointed in Confirmation, receptacle of the Eucharist -- is the preferred means of the respectful disposition of the person's remains. Cremation is the exception. The Vatican has ruled that, if cremation is chosen, the remains must be buried or placed in a columbarium. The scattering of cremated remains is an abhorrent and disrespectful thing. For more information, please click here to read the Church's teaching on cremation.