Funeral for an unbaptized

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  A parishioner’s unbaptized husband has committed suicide. What do I do for the funeral?


A:  I’m sorry to hear about the grief descending on that family and on your parish. The Catholic Church does permit funeral services for a catechumen and for a child who dies before baptism. If the man considered himself connected to the parish, you may proceed. I’d probably celebrate a funeral without mass and draw inspiration from the texts from the services for the unbaptized child. Any references to baptism – in words or symbols – would be omitted. God bless you for helping this family in a time of need.