Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are here to provide comfort and spiritual support, to extend a helping hand with funeral arrangements and to answer any questions you may have. We invite you to take an active part in preparing the funeral rituals which will be used to celebrate the life of the deceased.
At the Time of Death
The time of death, whether sudden or expected, is a very confusing time. Please follow these steps to help maintain a smooth transition for your family:
- Contact the mortuary of your choice. The funeral director at the mortuary will work very closely with us to coordinate all aspects of the funeral liturgies and set up times. If hospice or a hospital is involved, they may have other guidelines you need to follow.
- The Mortuary will contact Ramona Murga at the St. Mary Parish Office during regular office hours to set up a time for your family to meet with a Priest and a Bereavement Minister to choose readings for the service, music, and other details for the funeral.
- At the funeral, a Bereavement Minister will be there to assist your family with scripture readings, gift bearers or Eucharistic Ministers.
The time before death, especially with an extended illness, can be painful. In some cases, the dying or elderly family member takes comfort in planning as much as possible of the funeral arrangements. Our Bereavement Minister will be happy to meet with you and plan the needs of your funeral and to answer any questions you may have about mortuaries, cemeteries, cremation, etc.
Please contact the Bereavement Minister at 480.963.3207 to schedule a meeting.