Since 1963, cremation has been an acceptable option for those of the Catholic faith. Whenever possible, however, the church always prefers the interment or entombment of the body because it gives fuller expression to our Christian faith.
When cremation is chosen, the preferred sequence for the final rites is for cremation to take place after the Funeral Mass. Whether cremation takes place before or after the funeral rites, the church expects these families to seek an appropriate final resting place for the cremated remains of the body. The scattering of the cremated remains or keeping the cremated remains in a home are not the reverent disposition that the church requires.
The Catholic Cemeteries offer the following options for those choosing cremation:
Niches - an above ground burial crypt, sized for an urn containing the cremated remains of the body and allowing for identification and remembrance.
Graves - smaller sized graves that allow for a grave marker to be placed identifying and remembering the deceased.
For more information on cremation services, please call 708-449-6100 or fill out and submit the contact form found here.
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