Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
When a loved one dies, whether expected or not, it can be difficult to know what to do next. If the person is in hospital, the family will be provided with a very helpful guide to registering the death and getting a death certificate and informing a funeral director. If the person dies at home, it will be necessary to inform a doctor as soon as possible in order to confirm the death and issue a certificate.
Many people like to make arrangements for their funeral service as well as making a will - this can include a choice of hymns, readings for the service, whether a burial or a cremation is preferred, what parish church the service may be in, whether or not they wish to have a mass. It is always helpful for a person to make their wishes known to their family but this isn't always an easy conversation to have.
The funeral director will contact the church in order to arrange a time for the funeral service in agreement with the priest. Your local priest will help in organising the funeral service, including the choice of hymns and music as well as readings, prayers etc.
Most people in the UK are now cremated rather than buried and your local priest can preside over the cremation service, whether it follows a church service or not.
If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask for advice.
The Art of Dying Well As death approaches, there are a series of prayers and rites that can help a person prepare spiritually for the final journey. These rites and prayers are illustrated in the Art of Dying Well animation at www.artofdyingwell.org which features the fictional Ferguson family. It is narrated by Vanessa Redgrave.