What type of service may I have if I have a Church or I don't have a Church?
When the person who has died is a member of a local church, the service could be held either at the church or at the funeral home chapel. If however, the person does not have a church, the funeral is usually held at the funeral home chapel but may be at a location decided on by the family. Our funeral home has a relationship with a number of local clergy who will meet with families and conduct a personal service. We also have a Funeral Celebrant on staff to help families. So with or without a church membership, you are still able to have a religious service or non-religious service and special music with the approval of the officiant of the service.
What is cremation?
Cremation is the final disposition of a human body using intense heat. The retort (furnace, crematory) cremates the deceased in approximately two to three hours. The deceased is placed in a suitable cremation container or casket. Only one body is cremated at a time. After the process is completed the cremated remains are returned to the funeral home or the family in a temporary cremation container. The funeral home will then transfer the remains into a permanent container selected by the family.
Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?
No, cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition. A human body can either be earthen buried, entombed or cremated.
We are going to cremate before the service, so we don’t really need a visitation, do we?
A visitation does not imply a viewing. People come to the visitation to have a chance to extend their condolences, share their stories, and offer their support and love. This embrace by the community empowers the family to begin moving forward in life in a more healthy way. It also offers the public who may not be able to attend the memorial service, a chance to visit with you.
Does the Catholic Church forbid cremation as a funeral choice?
No it does not. If circumstances are such that cremation is the only option, it is preferable that the cremation be delayed until after the celebration of the Funeral Mass. Cremated remains (cremains and sometimes known as ashes) are to be buried or entombed. If buried, cremains are placed in an urn that is an appropriate and worthy container and then placed into the burial site. When entombed, the urn is placed in a columbarium, an arrangement of niches in a mausoleum, a room or wall for permanent memorial. With respect to the Catholic Church, the practice of scattering cremated remains on the water, land, from the air, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased is not keeping with the respect due to the deceased. If you have more concerns, please contact your priest.