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Many individuals and families choose cremation for their final wishes, but still desire the more traditional burial options. At St. Raymond’s Cemetery, we can accomodate in-ground burial of cremated remains in most preowned family plots. A surface test may be required to determine accurate availability.
Cremation is permitted by the Catholic Church and Catholics are reminded that the cremains (ashes) are to be treated with respect and dignity. Cremains should be buried immediately after a Funeral Mass and should never be displayed or stored in an urn at home or sprinkled over land or water. Just as a body is reverently buried on Holy grounds after Funeral Mass so, too, should cremains be buried reverently with prayer and Holy Water.
Our Lady of Hope Cremation Garden offers a proper resting place for your loved ones in our above ground niche columbarium. Niche space is available should the family not have a preowned grave.
There are several memorization options for cremation. An urn may provide multiple options for placement, such as in a columbarium niche, or in-ground grave.
Is Cremation the right choice:
Respecting the wishes of a loved one
Looking for low cost options
Preference of an above ground resting place in a niche
Compared to traditional burial options, cremation services tend to be cost effective and less expensive, particularly when planning on a budget and pre-paying a cremation of a loved one. Viewings and or funeral services can also be held for cremation.
Types of cremation services
Memorial Service: A memorial service is very similar to a funeral service. The loved one is viewed at the Funeral Home in a full casket. Within a day or two the casket is brought to a Catholic church for a rite of burial mass. Following the mass the casket is transported to the crematory. In the event the family chooses not to have a mass, proof of Catholic must be provided for the deceased and Deed Owner. Acceptable documents for proof would include; Certificate of Baptism, Certificate of Communion or Confirmation, Certificate of Marriage in a Catholic Church, or a letter from your Parish Priest stating you are a parishioner.
TraditionalFuneral Service with Viewing Followed by a Cremation: A traditional funeral service in which the body is displayed at the Funeral Home. Is sometimes held prior to the cremation. This service allows loved ones to hold a viewing of the body, followed by a memorial service involving readings and a eulogy. After the service, the body is transported to the crematory. The remains are returned to the funeral home then provided to the families for memorialization at their cemetery of choice.
Direct Cremation: This type of cremation service usually occurs a few days after the loved one has passed. The body is not viewed at a Funeral Home. It is taken directly to the crematory at the request of the family or medical examiner. The remains are returned to the funeral home then provided to the families for memorialization at their cemetery of choice.