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Cremation Q & A

What is cremation?
Cremation is a process in which intense heat is used to transform the body back to its basic elements, commonly referred to as “cremated remains”.

Can cremated remains be separated or divided?
In accordance with our Catholic faith cremated remains must remain intact and therefore cannot be separated or divided.

Is a Funeral Director or Transfer Service necessary?
No, however we highly recommend the use of a funeral director or transfer service for transportation, provision of a suitable container, and obtaining all necessary legal documentation.

Is embalming necessary?
As far as the process of cremation is concerned, it is not necessary.

What is an urn?
An urn is a container in which cremated remains are permanently held. Choices include bronze, marble, glass and various other materials. The Catholic Church directs that in keeping with the spirit of reverence, the cremated remains should be buried in consecrated ground in a grave, or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium within a Catholic Cemetery.

What is a Columbarium Niche?
A columbarium is an above ground structure that can be indoor or outdoor niches which hold cremation urns. Indoor columbarium niches are erected in a mausoleum and may have a marble front or alternatively a glass front, where the urn is visible. Outdoor columbarium niches generally have granite facing.

What is a Cremation Garden?
It is an in-ground burial plot for cremated remains.

What is memorialization?
Memorialization is a decorative identifier placed at the location where the deceased is interred.

What memorialization options are available for cremated remains?
Depending on the type of interment, a number of options are available including bronze letters, bronze plaques, engraving or etching on granite.

Can cremation be arranged prior to need?
Yes, it is always wise to pre-arrange before the need arises. These difficult decisions can be dealt with under relaxed conditions and without grief.

Pre-planning enables families to arrange for these matters together. It gives peace of mind to loved ones, and guarantees costs at today’s prices.

Where can I get further information?
Please call or drop by our Cemetery office for more information. We are also available for in-home, group, evening and weekend appointments by request.