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         In him the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned,
         that those saddened by the certainty of dying
         might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come.
         Indeed for your faithful, Lord,
         life is changed not ended,
         and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust,
         an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.

Preface I for the Dead, The Roman Missal

Planning Guide

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Funeral Readings

Click below to see options for funeral readings.

During the funeral liturgy, the readings from the Sacred Scripture console, challenge, and inspire hope in the mercy and love of God for the deceased. There may be either one or two readings, a responsorial psalm, and a reading from the Holy Gospel. The first reading comes from the Old Testament, except during the Easter Season, when it is taken from the New Testament. The second reading always comes from the New Testament.

Prayers of the Faithful

Prayers of the Faith or sometimes called Petitions, are normally read by the Deacon, but if there is no Deacon a family member, or reader may read them.

Funeral Hymns

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The music at Mass is meant to glorify God and sanctify the people. Hymn selection at funerals raises the mind to heaven, filling it with hope and confidence in the goodness of God and His tender love for His children.

Grief Assistance

Many people find grief support groups very helpful as they move through the grieving process.


Benefits of attending grief support groups:

Emotional and physical support - Permission to grieve
Somewhere safe to talk - Sharing your own experience
Coping skills - Companionship

Grief is a person’s natural reaction to loss.  It can cause conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in what’s familiar.  Grief can show up after experiencing a normal loss after a minor setback.

Following is a list of some leading causes of grief outside of a loved one’s death:

Estrangement - Financial Loss - Illness or Injury - Relinquishment - Institutional Loss
Death of a Pet - Career Loss - Loss of a Limb - Multiple Losses - Relationship Loss - Holidays

Initial one-on-one meetings are also available. These can be done in the home or one of the OSF hospitals. There is no cost to attend group or one-on-one meetings.

 For more information, call Kathy Steinz MHA, B.Sc(Psych),GC-C | Bereavement Coordinator at (815) 433-6091 or (815)343-5891

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