A funeral Mass remains a top priority. Our Catholic instincts on this point are well-supported by the funeral rites themselves:
• the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which is highly desirable when possible. In the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Christian community listens to “the word of God which proclaims the paschal mystery, assures us of the hope of meeting again in the Kingdom of God, enlivens our devotion to the dead and exhorts us to witness through a truly Christian life”(OCF Praenotanda 11). The celebrant comments on the word of God in his homily, “avoiding any form of funerary eulogy” (OCF Praenotanda 41). In the Holy Eucharist, “the Church expresses her efficacious communion with the departed: offering to the Father in the Holy Spirit the sacrifice of the death and Resurrection of Christ; she asks Him to purify His child of (her or) his sins and their consequences, and to admit (her or) him to the Paschal fullness of the table of the kingdom” (Catechism 1689). A profound reading of the requiem Mass allows us to see how the Liturgy has made of the Holy Eucharist, that eschatological banquet, the true Christian refrigerium for the deceased;
As you might expect, firm but sensitive comments on the possibility of eulogizing the dead. Good pastoral ministers know this is a temptation from the pope on out to the person beloved by family and community. We are asked to encounter Christ in the Eucharist in a “profound” way, to look deeply into our hopes for eternal life.
The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.