379. The Church offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ’s Pasch for the dead so that, since all the members of Christ’s Body are in communion with one another, what implores spiritual help for some, may bring comforting hope to others.
380. Among the Masses for the Dead, the Funeral Mass holds first place. It may be celebrated on any day except for Solemnities that are Holydays of Obligation, Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday), the Paschal Triduum, and the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, with due regard also for all the other requirements of the norm of the law.[Cf. particularly Canon Law 1176-1185; Rituale Romanum, Order of Christian Funerals]
Do you know and have you experienced Masses for the Dead outside of a funeral liturgy? Such as on these occasions:
381. A Mass for the Dead, on receiving the news of a death, for the final burial, or the first anniversary, may be celebrated even on days within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), on days when an Obligatory Memorial occurs, and on weekdays other than Ash Wednesday or the weekdays of Holy Week.
Other Masses for the Dead or “daily” Masses, may be celebrated on weekdays in Ordinary Time on which Optional Memorials occur or when the Office is of the weekday, provided such Masses are actually applied for the dead.
My own personal experience with a “later” celebration was at the time of my father’s death. It wasn’t a Mass, as my father wasn’t Catholic, nor did I want to impose on the parish’s liturgical calendar. A staff colleague organized a celebration of the Office for the Dead. That began the process of closure for me, some two months after my dad died. I don’t know how many believers, liturgists, and clergy take advantage of the possibilities for that first anniversary. What about in your parish?