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Topic: funerals

The enduring importance of a proper send-off

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious

Bishop issues rules for funerals to stop ‘dumbing down’ of Mass

Bishop of Meath, Ireland, clarifies that eulogies should never be part of a funeral Mass

‘Mourners for hire’ are a sign of our troubled times

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Lay people to preside at funerals in Liverpool

Archdiocese of Liverpool is first in England and Wales to commission lay ministers to celebrate funeral ceremonies

The Church is against cremation. Yet at our parish the storing of ashes nourishes faith and encourages prayers for the dead

The Italian Church’s newly promulgated Funeral Rites leave me in a quandary

Richard Ingrams reveals why he became a Catholic

Co-founder of Private Eye and editor of the Oldie talks to the Herald about bishops, funerals and praying for the dead

Seve Ballesteros’s funeral had a powerful sense of community. I wish we saw more of this in England

The funeral was attended not only by golf luminaries but also the ordinary people of the town