A Catholic funeral is held for those of the Catholic faith who have passed on. It is a very religious occasion with strict traditions and rites that need to be performed for the person who has passed. The funeral service is important for living loved ones as a time to mourn while having the opportunity to recite certain prayers to help the soul find forgiveness and make its way into Heaven.
Catholics believe the soul lives on after death in either Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory with a soul having the possibility to be released from Purgatory after atoning for forgivable sins and being able to enter Heaven. A Catholic funeral provides the opportunity to pray to God for mercy on the soul who has passed. As a result, there are many prayers recited at Catholic funerals including Reciting the Rosary.