Funeral Services

Funeral Services

Between death and burial

The time between death and burial of a person is a very challenging time for many relatives. Many decisions have to be made and little space to their own feelings. Families, friends and colleagues must be informed and arrangements are to be made as to the funeral and burial.

For us Christians, this is also a time of sadness and paying one last tribute towards the deceased.

During this interim time, the congregation remembers the deceased and prays for him or her and his/ her family and friends.

If you would like to be accompanied and supported by the parish before, or during this time, please contact us.


The church funeral

We Christians remember our dead and honor their bodies because we believe that God raised the dead to eternal life. It is a Christian task to bury the dead and to accompany the bereaved in their mourning.

The Christian burial and mourning culture has many forms in our multicultural society. The burial institutes offer various burial possibilities.

If you would like to have a church funeral, please contact us as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with you the various possibilities, planning and execution in a quiet and professional manner.

There are different possibilities to consider:

  • The physical burial (burial) takes place mostly on a local or here in South Africa on a specially selected graveyard. It is also possible to carry out an urn burial in the context of a church memorial service.
  • In consultation with the relatives, a funeral service can be offered as a memorial service or a requiem mass in a church. In some exceptional situations a funeral service takes place in one of the different retirement homes in Cape Town.
  • The Christian funeral knows the dignity of the deceased, whose names are written in God's hand ( Is.49, 16a), and gives the mourning support and comfort in their suffering.
  • The proclamation of the Christian message of the resurrection of the dead is the main focus during our services and brings hope and consolation in these difficult times.


Please contact us if you know:

  • of a dying relative
  • your relative has died

We can assist you in this difficult time

  • with bereavement support
  • with practical help
  • with different options of funeral services and  
  • funeral arrangements

About us

The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.