Funeral for a miscarried child

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I hope this email finds you well. I’ve got a funeral for a miscarried child in a few days. Your blog post from October 2020 has been greatly appreciated; it was very helpful for me.

One lingering question: may the paschal candle be lit at the funeral of a miscarried child? The rubics in the OCF are clear about omitting a pall, incense, and holy water at the funeral of a child who died before baptism – but it doesn’t mention anything explicit about the Paschal Candle.

My presumption is that it is allowed because it is among our most prominent symbols of the light of Christ and the faith in which the child would have been baptized had it lived, and remains a symbol of our hope for Resurrection.



A: I agree with you on all points. My prayers for the family in question.