By Fr Joe Babendreier
Your loved one has just died and you want to make arrangements for a funeral. The priest you talk to at church will understand your suffering. He may have heard the news already and he is expecting you to approach him about the funeral.
Occasionally, the priest is not expecting you. Maybe it was a sudden death in the family. Maybe the priest has just been transferred and has not had enough time to get to know all the people in his new parish. Usually, in situations like these, you talk with the priest and set a date for the funeral.
What if your request for a funeral turns out to be less than routine? What if the priest seems to have some objection or difficulty? The main purpose of this article is to explain what those difficulties might be so that you know what to expect.