I’d love some advice here. This won’t be for me, but for my DH, whose father passed away this evening (in St. Louis, we live in Omaha.) My DH is one of 8 children, and his father was a practicing Catholic up until he began to lose his memory several years ago. My mother-in-law is of unknown religion though I believe she was Catholic at one time. My brother and sisters-in-law are also of unknown faith and my husband has no inclination to ask them what faith they may be practicing.
The quandry is this. My DH has a lot of concerns about his father’s fate in the afterlife. Though it is only for God to judge, DH is further worried because his mom is uncertain if her husband received the Sacrament of the Sick and has expressed little interest in having a proper mass and burial. When DH asked her about it, she said that since he hadn’t been to mass in several years, she didn’t really give much thought to having a mass.
What happens when a Catholic doesn’t receive a Catholic burial? Would you suggest my DH encourage her to contact the Church or should he just leave it alone? Would it help if we had a mass said here for him?