Cremation Has Been Accepted By the Church since 1963

Why do Families choose Cremation?

Preferred Catholic Cremation Funeral Rites

When a family chooses cremation, the Church recommends cremation take place after the Funeral Mass, so that there can be an opportunity for the body to be present for the Vigil and at the Funeral Mass.
* The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, and the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains on the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.” (no. 417) – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops