Masonic Funeral Committee

The Masonic Funeral Committee is comprised of 3 men designated by the Worshipful Master.

Member Directory:
Have an up-to-date directory of all members of his lodge in his possession. 

Obits:  Attempt to watch the obituary columns for any member who may have passed on. 

Funeral Ritual:  Be in possession of an up-to-date list of possible members who can perform the Masonic Funeral ritual services. 

Important!   If your Funeral Committee is not in possession of an up-to-date list of possible members who can perform the ritual, they should contact their DDGM (District Deputy Grand Master) to be apprised of which of the brethren is fully capable of providing the service.  

Aprons and Jewels Location:  Know at all times the exact location of the Masonic funeral aprons and the lodge’s Masonic jewels.

Aprons and Jewels Condition:  Know the condition of the funeral aprons and jewels. Should any of them not be found to be in good condition, dirty, lost, etc., it is the duty of the Funeral Committee Chairman to advise the brethren of such during the next lodge business meeting.

At the Passing of a Brother:

Upon the death of a member of the lodge, it is the responsibility of the Masonic Funeral Committee to:

  • Contact the family of the member.
  • Ask the family if the deceased wished to have a Masonic funeral performed by the brethren.
  • If a Masonic Funeral is to be performed:

    • Request that the widow or family member bring the deceased member’s white leather apron which the member received when he was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, to the Funeral Home. 

    • Request the date, time and funeral home name where the Masonic Funeral Service will be performed. and whether the family is in need of pallbearers.

    • Request if there is anything that the brethren can do for the family at this time.

      Typically, the Secretary of the Lodge handles all correspondence. This includes sending a sympathy card to the family. Notify the Secretary so that he may attend to sending a sympathy card.

      Feel free to print this Masonic Lodge Funeral Committee page for your own notebook and e-mail this page’s URL (web address) to other members of your Masonic Lodge Funeral Committee.

      Your Masonic lodge notebook should include a copy of:

    • The lodge’s Name and Address Directory of its members

    • By-Laws
    • Budget
    • List of all Committees with Committee Member Names

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