For Catholics Considering Cremation

The Catholic Church has permitted cremation since 1963, with the provision that the cremated remains must be treated with the same respect and dignity as that given to the human body. This means that all cremated remains must be placed in a worthy receptical (an urn) and interred in a final permanent resting place in a cemetery, preferably a Catholic cemetery. The Catholic Church does not permit the scattering of cremated remains nor their division as keepsakes among family members. In addition, the decision to choose cremation must not be made for reasons contrary to the Catholic Faith, e.g., denying the belief in the resurrection of the body.

Holy Family Cemetery offers Catholics who choose to be cremated either in-ground burials in monument grave lots, or inurment in a columbarium niche.