Funeral and Grief Ministry


Schedule and Plan a Funeral


When a death occurs in your family, please contact Spirit of life and  the funeral home of your choice to make funeral

arrangements. Our funeral coordinator will work with you and the funeral home in selecting the date and time of the funeral and vigil service.

She will assist you in choosing scripture readings, music and planning the funeral luncheon.



Below are the guidelines in accordance with the Diocese of Bismarck for funerals at Spirit of Life Catholic Church:


Presence of the Body at the Funeral Liturgy:

It is preferred by the Church that the remains be kept in bodily form at all funeral rites, including burial. 

If the deceased has been cremated, the following applies regarding respect for Cremated Remains of the Body: “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.” If the body is cremated, all the cremated remains must be interred in a timely fashion. In part or as a whole they may never be scattered nor should they be incorporated into jewelry or art. A priest or deacon should accompany the remains to the cemetery and perform the prescribed liturgical rites.


Audio-visual Presentations:

Audio-visual presentations are not permitted immediately prior to or during funeral liturgies. They may be presented at the Vigil Service.



Eulogies cannot be presented during the funeral Mass. They may be given at the vigil or shared at the lunch.



Music is integral to the funeral rites and will be sung by the Spirit of Life Music Ministry.  A complete list of musical selections used for funerals at Spirit of Life is available by calling the Parish Office.



Scripture readings for Spirit of Life Funerals  are selected from the book, Through Death to Life. You may have one or two lectors for the Old and New Testament readings and the Responsorial Psalm will be sung by the Music Ministry.


Preparation of Gifts:

The Family may chose 2-4 people to carry up the bread and wine at the Preparation of Gifts.


Funeral Lunch:

Spirit of Life provides a lunch at no cost following the funeral or burial. We can accommodate up to 150 people. If you have family or friends who wish to bring food as well, it is much appreciated.


“Pre-Planning” Your Funeral Mass Celebration

A wonderful gift to your family is pre-planning the liturgy for your funeral celebration. When a loved one dies, a family is forced to make many decisions in only a few days. You can plan now and work with the church staff to choose scripture, music and other parts of the service that are special to you. This information will be kept on file at the church as well as the funeral home of your choice until the necessary time. For more information, please contact Mari Jo at 663-1660 or email


Grief Ministry  LOTUS (Looking Onward To Understanding Serenity)

Lotus is a group for men, women, and young adults who have experienced a death in their lives. All groups meet at Parkway Funeral Service.


LOTUS for Men - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month (September thru May) at 10:00 a.m.

LOTUS for Women - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month (September thru May) at 1:00 p.m.

LOTUS After Hours (for Working Men and Women) - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month (September thru May) at 7:00 p.m.


A Cup of Tea and a Good Book (An hour of reading and discussion for the “Barnes and Noble Type” Grievers) -

2nd and 4th Mondays of every month (September thru May) at 1:00 p.m., Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck

For information, please call Brenda Bergan (701) 426-1021.


Sounds of Silence (SOS) A support group for family members and friends who have had a loved one die by suicide, which provides a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere where survivors can share their pain and receive educational support during bereavement.

Where: Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays; September thru May (excluding holidays) 3rd Tuesdays; June, July, and August (excluding holidays) Time: 7:00 p.m. Facilitators: Brenda Bergan (701) 426-1021 and

D.J. Arnold (701) 400-2743


 Funeral Information Contact: Mari Jo Sigl, 663-1660,