My 41 year old husband is dying. He has been an atheist throughout his adult life. His father and stepmother have a family friend who is a Catholic priest who has offered to do the funeral service. My husband is too weak to ask about his preferences, and honestly I doubt he would care one way or the other because anything religious is just a bunch of crap to him anyway, but I feel like it’s kind of insulting to him to give him a Catholic funeral service. He was raised Anglican, but I don’t think any of his family members know that he’s an atheist, which is another issue. Personally, I’d prefer a small funeral home and a low key kind of service, but they want to pay for it and arrange everything, and it DOES make things easier for me to not have to think about those details. Relations between me and my inlaws are already quite strained at times; I’m not sure if I want to say anything about it anyway because it might just lead to more fighting and it’s hard enough losing my husband without having to fight with his family. What do you think I should do?
Posted: March 26th 2012