What to do when your loved one dies:

1. If the person is on hospice, call your hospice contact first. Hospice will come to your home to confirm death and pronounce time of death. Then they will call the funeral home for you.

2. If not on hospice, you should call a funeral home. Below are two funeral homes within our Parish boundaries

  • Accent Funeral Home, 208-888-5833
  • Cloverdale Funeral Home, 208-375-2212

3. Once you have contacted the funeral home, call Kathy Rayburn, the Pastoral Associate of Liturgy,  208-888-1182 x411. She will be happy to walk you through the process of planning a funeral. If you call after hours, please leave your name, phone number, and the name of the person who has passed away. Kathy will call you back as soon as possible.

4. When you meet with Kathy she will help you:

  • Work with the funeral home to determine the best date and time for the funeral service.
  • Determine if you want to have a Vigil or a Rosary prior to the funeral.
  • Pick readings and music — the readings are from the Holy Scriptures. There are suggested liturgical songs for a funeral Mass, but there is quite a variety.
  • Explore your options for a funeral luncheon.
  • Verify the information for burial or interment
    —Prayers at the cemetary or columbarium can be led by the Deacon or Priest when the body or cremains are interred. Kathy will work with the funeral home to schedule it after the funeral.
  • Discuss the costs of funerals at Holy Apostles
    —For parishioners there is no charge for the Mass in the Church. For non-parishioners a free-will donation is requested.
    —There is a fee for the musician(s) which may vary depending on the musician(s).
    —A free-will donation is given to the Priest or Deacon.

Once the funeral services are completed you are not alone. We offer a GriefShare ministry that meets here at the parish and offers support and encouragement for your grief journey. For more information, please contact Deacon Tom Blazek 208-888-6223 or