The Church gives us three important cautions, lest all you-know-what should break loose.
253. Every stage of the rite of obsequies should be conducted with the greatest dignity and religious sensibility. Hence, it is necessary for:
- the body of the deceased, which was the Temple of the Holy Spirit, to be treated with the utmost respect;
- funeral furnishings should be decorous and free of all ostentation;
- the liturgical signs, the cross, the paschal candle, the holy water and the incense, should all be used with the utmost propriety.
Propriety does not mean stinginess. Appropriate use of liturgical symbols is always generous, free, and indicative of God’s boundless generosity and mercy.
Remember to consult the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy online at the Vatican site.