Once a loved one dies, perhaps the biggest question becomes: What is an appropriate funeral, and how should it be carried out? In some cases, that question has been addressed in advance, but in other cases, it hasn’t.
A burial ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday for 15 victims of last week’s devastating Bronx apartment building fire, according to a local Muslim cleric.
Despite regulations established by civil and ecclesiastical authorities to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many priests in remote areas of Ireland are feeling pressure to celebrate funeral Masses. In rural parishes, funerals are “big occasions for the community,” according to Father Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests.
It was a rainy, solemn occasion as hundreds gathered in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 17 for the funeral of Jersey City Police Department Det. Joseph Seals, which was held at St. Aedan’s church, where police and family members paid their final respects to the slain officer, who was Catholic.