Catholics and cremation…

     In the Spring of 1997, Rome approved an Appendix to the Order of Christian Funerals which deals with cremation.  It reiterates the normative suggestion that the cremation take place after the funeral liturgy, but also permits, for the first time in Catholic history, a funeral liturgy (mass) to be celebrated with the “ashes” (cremains) in a place of honor at the church during the service.

    The Appendix stresses that the same reverence shown to bodily remains be shown to cremated remains.  The ashes are to be placed in a worthy vessel and finally, buried or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium, which is a structure specifically designed to hold cremated remains.

  The ashes are not to be scattered or sprinkled, since such actions are not in keeping with the reverence and respect the Church expects to be shown to the bodies of the deceased.

The above information is taken from Fr.Michael Heintz, Catholic Cemetery Association.

The picture shown above is a typical set-up for an interment (ground burial) of cremains at Calumet Park Cemetery.  A tent may or may not be set up with chairs for the immediate family, depending upon location and weather conditions on the day of interment.  Calumet Park Cemetery has its own crematory and offers direct cremations for as little as $1516.59 including a grave space that can allow for two cremation interments (burials).

Calumet Park has many choices of permanent placement for cremation families, from ground burial to niches and columbarium spaces.  We have ground crypts called cremorials, and a Back to Nature section just west of the butterfly statue that provides for a natural burial ground for cremations surrounding boulders that are set in a very natural landscape.

To discover for yourself the many options that Calumet Park offers, visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com or come in for a personal, free tour of the cemetery.  Call 219-769-8803 to set up your tour.

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