We have never had two funerals on the same day but it worked out that way this week. Kevin went to the funeral of a good friend and colleague and the children and I attended the funeral of the mother/grandmother of family friends.
It also has not worked out that the children could attend one in a while. I was glad to have a chance to take them to one in a situation that did not involve them emotionally. It gave them a good opportunity to practice the works of mercy (bury the dead and pray for the dead) and to be a support to their friends.
Before we left I explained what would happen and we practiced what they would say to the bereaved family members. They did very well and really were able to be a consolation to their friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial is quite beautiful and comforting. The family's last tender, loving act for the body is to make sure it is respectfully buried. For the soul of the deceased, feverent prayers are offered at the funeral Mass and beyond. Prayers in which the family is joined with all those in attendance, in deed the whole Church militant.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood Of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen. St. Gertrude the Great
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.