Include in Catholic School Curriculum

The young people in your parish should learn what the Catholic Church teaches about death and about our traditions regarding burial. These videos and publications provide very basic instruction through real-life experiences with death and the burial process. The videos should generate some good classroom discussion on the topics.

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Lesson Planning for Pre-K through 1st Grade
This lesson reinforces the Good News that Jesus came to save us and raise us to eternal life.
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Lesson Planning for 2nd Grade
This lesson reaffirms and encourages the practice of praying for the dead. It teaches the special ways that we pray for the dead in the funeral liturgy and at each Mass during the prayers of the faithful
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Lesson Planning for 3rd Grade
This lesson teaches students about the central aspects of the Catholic burial rite and how it both honors the deceased and offers consolation to the family.
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Lesson Planning for 4th - 6th Grade
This lesson teaches students how families and the Christian community participate in the corporal works of mercy when they bury/inter the dead.
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Lesson Planning for 7th - 8th Grade
This lesson relates the students’ own suffering and redemption to Christ’s Paschal Mystery. It seeks to connect in a meaningful way the pattern of death and resurrection to the students’ own lives, both spiritually and physically.
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Lesson Planning for 9th - 12th Grade
To help young men and women in high school understand the traditions of the Catholic funeral.
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Catholic Burial Traditions Booklet
The following are age-appropriate lesson plans prepared by a team of experienced catechists that can serve as a supplemental formation to your existing catechetical curriculum. Each focuses on a different… Read More
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Three Sacred Moments
(5:11) – This video is a clear description of the three-part journey of Christian burial. It explains the importance of the Vigil, the Funeral Mass, and the Rite of Committal.… Read More
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Why a Catholic Funeral Part Two
(1:38) – This is a short video that uses the testimony of loved ones to focus on the beauty and the healing powers of a funeral. It shows that the… Read More
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The Hike - Cremation Journey
(1:53) – Short video of friends on a hike who have a casual discussion on the availability of cremation and what the church teaches. The video shows the beauty of the… Read More