The Catholic Church has a beautiful three-part plan for funerals. If our schedules permitted,
members of the community would walk with the bereaved family through all three parts of the funeral rites (from vigil through burial). Each of these rites has a distinctive purpose and
is described below.
The Vigil for the Deceased (sometimes called the Wake)
The Funeral Liturgy
The Rite of Committal (Burial)