Funeral Planning and Preparation
"Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence."
-- Pope John Paul II
If you would like to make any of these preparations ahead of time, please call Elizabeth or Doug at the Parish Office.
We will keep your wishes on record under strictest confidentiality.
Doug Warrens, Pastoral Care Office
816.741.2800, ext. 212
Questions to Ask Beforehand:
Are there particular scripture passages that are especially meaningful to me and my family members?
What sacred music is meaningful to me and my family members?
Will there be a visitation the night before the funeral or the morning of the funeral?
Would my family prefer a prayer service or a rosary during the visitation?
Would we like a funeral dinner?
Have prearrangements been made with the Funeral Home and the Parish Office?
You and your family's participation in planning the funeral liturgy is welcomed.
When a Loved One Has Died
Who Do I Call?The Funeral HomeThe Parish Office -- Ask to speak to (or leave a message for) Father Joe or Doug.
Things to Consider
What Do I Do?
Some of the most important decisions you will need to make will come while arranging the burial of a loved one. It is helpful to think about some of these issues ahead of time.
When someone is to be buried through St. Therese, you will want to sit down with Elizabeth or Doug to plan the funeral and to answer any questions you may have.
Visitation along with Prayer the evening before: (either at St. Therese or at the funeral home) with the funeral the next morning.
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial in the evening at St. Therese with graveside services the next morning.
Morning Visitation with Mass of Christian Burial and graveside services to follow.
Funeral dinner after the graveside is offered by the Altar & Rosary Society in the Wooldridge Center if desired.