When the Roman Catholic and the Protestant Christian traditions are added together, Christianity is the world’s largest religion with nearly 2.4 billion followers around the world. Roman Catholicism is the largest church in Christianity with more than 1.2 billion followers. It claims to be the oldest tradition within Christianity, tracing its roots all the way to the times of the New Testament.
The amount of time spent in mourning, the length of progressing through the grieving process, and the depth and severity of the grief will depend upon the relationship shared with the deceased and the individual’s ability to process and cope with the loss. Roman Catholicism is a very formal practice of Christianity, offering structure, assurance and comfort throughout the grieving process.
The Roman Catholic Church is steeped with tradition and formula to give the bereaved support and assurance during the early moments in the grieving process. The funeral services provide a way to pay final respects for the departed, to bring to mind the teachings of the church about the afterlife, and to develop an atmosphere of support and strength from among family and friends of the bereaved.