Cremation For Catholics
Things to Consider When Choosing Cremation
In May of 1963, the Vatican’s Holy Office lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation. This permission was incorporated into the revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 as well as into the Order of Christian Funerals.
Once cremation has taken place, 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 care and attention given to their transport, placement and final disposition.
The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or inurned in a mausoleum. The practice of scattering cremated remains at sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church recommends.
The decision to cremate is NOT the final decision in funeral planning. Final disposition is the act of placing cremated remains in a cemetery. The location should be reverent, documented, maintained and marked with information about the deceased.
Please talk with your pastor or other parish minister if you have questions about Catholic burial practices or cremation and the Order of Christian funerals. Our staff can also assist you and answer your questions. (619) 264-3127
Burial in a Catholic Cemetery is an affirmation of the Christian Faith.
The words of Jesus are accepted and thereby proclaimed:
I am the Resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:24)