Catholic Cemeteries Diocese of Hamilton

When a Death Occurs

When death is imminent, or at the time of death, we are here to help you make immediate arrangements for burial or entombment and to provide any other information you need.

Steps to Follow:

  1. If you are a member of a parish, contact your parish priest. He will assist you in making the liturgical arrangements. If you do not have a parish priest, our staff members can assist you in making arrangements for committal prayers.
  2. Contact the cemetery where you intend for your loved one to be buried. If, at one of the smaller cemeteries, you do not reach someone immediately, you may wish to contact our main office at 905-522-7727, toll free at 1-800-661-9585, or One of our family counsellors or cemeterians will meet with you that day and help you make arrangements for burial or entombment.
  3. Contact the funeral home.

Planning a Catholic Funeral

Download this helpful guide from The Catholic Cemeteries.

Grief Support

For grief support referral, please contact Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Family Ministry Office at the Diocese of Hamilton: 905-528-7988 x2250.

Sharing your loved one's life story can be very comforting. Please visit Life Stories for more information.

Read Bishop Miehm's homily, A Place of Prayer, Hope and Consolation from the Spring 2015 memorial Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Brantford.

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