Who can be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

Catholic cemeteries have a long tradition of dedicated service to the Catholic Community including non-Catholic spouses, children, parents and other relatives. Christians with a connection to the Catholic Community may also be buried in the Catholic Cemeteries.

For more information, or if you have additional questions, we invite you to speak with one of our Family Service Advisors.

Why should Catholics be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

It is only natural that those who share the same faith in life will wish to carry on that sense of community in death. When it comes to the issue of death, the sensibilities and needs of Catholics are unique and call for certain practices in the handling and care of the remains of the deceased. Therefore, in the blessed grounds of a Catholic cemetery there are safeguards-mandated by the Church’s Canon Law-which guarantees permanence, reverence and respect for the remains of the deceased.

Should I choose a crypt or a grave?

Personal preference and/or family tradition influence choices in this regard. Above ground entombment in a crypt building appeals to many people, including those who aren’t comfortable with traditional below ground burial. Indoor mausoleum crypts are conducive to visitation in inclement weather.

Are there advantages to buying burial space before my family actually needs it?

Yes. By making arrangements in advance, Catholic families can avoid confusion at the time of bereavement and assure themselves of burial and arrangements in the location they desire, and at a price they wish to pay. You will find our Family Service Advisors knowledgeable and sensitive to your needs.

Should I buy space for the entire family?

It has been our experience that generally, a husband and wife buy space for themselves. Many families decide to purchase adjoining plots to form a family group. Family plots are also available and can accommodate larger headstones. Crypts for full size caskets and niches for cremated remains may be purchased individually or in family groups. Private Estates® and private family mausoleums may also be purchased.

How do I pay for my burial arrangement?

There are a variety of payment options and terms designed to give you the flexibility to remain within your personal budget. Cash, check, MasterCard and Visa are honored for your convenience. Terms may be arranged with a down payment made at the time of a pre-need purchase. At the time of death, the burial arrangements are to be paid in full.

What kind of monument can I purchase?

There are a variety of memorialization options available. From flat grave markers to upright monuments and statuary, families can design meaningful and lasting tributes to loved ones. Monuments conform to the regulations that govern different areas of the cemetery.

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the reduction of the body of a deceased person to recoverable bone fragments through a process that combines intense heat and evaporation. After cooling, the fragments are pulverized. These fragments usually weigh 4-10 pounds.

What is the proper name for these remains?

It is commonly known referred to the word “ashes”. It is not actually ashes, but of bone fragments. The proper terminology of the fragments is “cremated remains of the body.”

Is it necessary to get permission from my priest in order to be cremated?

No, it is not required but it may be helpful to discuss your questions and decisions with your priest or parish counselor.

Do Catholic Cemeteries accept cremated remains?

Yes, in 1963 the Catholic Church eliminated its prohibition against cremation. Although cremation represents a means of disposition preferred by many, it is not the “final disposition”-burial is. Human cremated remains are still the body of the deceased-just in a different form. Thus, cremated remains should be treated with the same respect as the “full” body is treated prior to cremation. They should be buried in a cemetery.

Honoring and respecting the deceased by keeping their remains safe, undisturbed, and memorialized is a time honored tradition. It is important for family members and future generations to visit these graves-even if only once.

Does the cemetery have copies of the death certificate?

No. The document kept on file at the cemetery is called a “permit for disposition.” It is issued by the Health Department Registrar in the county in which the deceased expired.

If I’m divorced and remarried, can I be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

Yes. For more information, or if you have additional questions, please contact your parish priest.

Can someone who committed suicide be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

Yes. It is recognized that those who died from the act of suicide deserve understanding and compassion. The deceased may have been suffering from a serious psychological instability or overwhelming fear and confusion. Therefore, the church offers funeral and burial rites for those who may have died as a result of suicide. The American edition of the Catholic ritual includes prayers evoke forgiveness for the departed and consolation to their family.