Could-it-be … A Way to ‘Hand-up’ a Loved One:


 Funeral Home Notations:

A representative works with you through the ‘Funeral Home Arrangement Worksheet’ listing Vital Statistics, Survivors and Services and information for the Obituary and Memorial Card.


‘Through Death to Life’ Preparing to Celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial is a

booklet listing Texts, Prayers and Scripture Readings. Request one in that you may select the Readings.


      For the Wake and Mass of Christian Burial, songs may be sung or prayers prayed in different languages, those which exist throughout the family tree. Family members may be invited to sing or recite and the translation can be submitted for printing in the Worship Aid/Program.



      I fervently consider this the last great act offered in handing-up our loved ones,    right behind a filed Advanced Directive, Hospice and an Organ Donation Card!



      My faith foundation is Roman Catholic therefore I write from that wellspring!



  1. Information gathered for the Obituary Column/Photograph for all city/town newspapers depending on the location of family members. You may list in lieu of flowers…memorials to a charity or medical association of your choice, schools/libraries, religious orders and university scholarships established. Request extra laminated ones for loved ones especially those living afar.


B. Memorial Cards: Funeral home offers this service and printing ideas.

 (My mother saved beaucoup of these treasures over many years and placed them in her prayer book. I love reading each one and remembering how she remembered and prayed.)


Front of card: Example…

Full Name, Photograph, Birth/Where/Death/Where, Dates, and a caption of choice such as, “Alles aus liebe zu Gott-All for the love of God.”


Back of card: Five examples…


1) Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thought and imaginations.  St. Francis de Sales


2) Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and, after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.


3) Lovely Lady Dressed In Blue

Lovely Lady Dressed In Blue – teach me how to pray!

God was just your little boy, tell me what to say!


Did you lift Him up, sometimes, gently on your knee?

Did you sing to Him the way Mother does to me?


Did you hold His hand at night?

Did you ever try telling stories of the world?

O! And did He cry?


Do you really think He cares if I tell Him things –

little things that happen? And do the Angels’ wings

make a noise? And can He hear me if I speak low?

Does He understand me now? Tell me – for you know.


Lovely Lady Dressed In Blue – teach me how to pray!

God was just your little boy, and you know the way.



4)      Prayer to St. Thomas More (Prayer Card for an esteemed Judge.)

Thomas, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints:  Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able to argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain-their good servant, and God’s first. Amen.



5)      Prayer Card for an esteemed Physician.

Front of card: Photograph with name, birth/death date and verbiage:

A child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. A loving and beloved son, faithful husband, devoted father, cherished brother, uncle and friend. An esteemed physician, a leader of men, strong, loving and wise.

Back of card: “Pray for me and I will pray for you, until we meet merrily again in heaven.”  St. Thomas More


Born (Date)


First Communion

Married ­­­­­­­­­(Name of spouse/Date)

Children (List with date of birth)

Family Practice (Beginning and last year)

Died (Date)

Liturgy of Christian Burial



Buried at (Location)


Scripture Passage




An Idea For Remembering Loved Ones…

Memorial, Anniversary, Birthday or…



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