My husband's grandmother is dying, slowly.
Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan
It would seem that you could have a choice like you do with a wedding - just the funeral service or the funeral service + the mass. That being said, every Catholic funeral I've been to has had the Mass celebrated, too.
I hope peace comes to your DH's grandmother and the other family members as well.
I was just thinking of br.rich here too ;).
Kim I am very sorry to hear about your dh's grandmother.
I love Catholic funerals b/c of the time spent in prayer, thanks, & support of family & friends. Is there ever a time when this happens? It's why I believe so much in the sacraments at our Church. It's a time that we share with each other ~ our hopes, dreams & reconciliations with each other.
Kim, I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for but Why Do Catholics Do That? has a lot of interesting information on Catholic funerals and why they seem out of sync with secular and even other religious funerals.
From the book:
"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." - Thomas Jeff