The Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Region has introduced a standardized Wake Service Booklet and a Wake and Burial Wishes Form to assist fraternities in carrying out the final requests of Secular Franciscans.
Having the completed form on file will enable fraternities to be prepared and work in union with surviving family members during a time when decision-making may be difficult.
The booklet will help fraternities to conduct brief wake services for Secular Franciscan brothers and sisters who have embraced Sister Death.
Using the Wake and Burial Wishes Form, along with the Wake Service Booklet, can lay a foundation for a well-thought out plan for fraternities and members with the peace of mind that preparedness brings. Duplicating the forms in ivory or pastel-toned paper, and having plenty of copies on hand, may be an uplifting way to ensure all those present are able to participate.
It is the Regional Council's hope that the form and booklet will be a source of comfort and hope as Secular Franciscans gather to console one another at a time of loss and to honor the memory of one who now enjoys and shares in the triumph over death which has been won by the Lord.