Does the Catholic Church Forbid Cremation?

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cremation has become an option that is far more common today than it has been in the past. Especially for the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church considers the physical body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and they believe in the resurrection of the body after death.

 

Although Catholics do not favor cremation as they follow the customs of a burial, just as Jesus was buried, they do not forbid cremation. However, if cremation is chosen by the deceased or the family of the deceased, the ashes must be handled with the same respect as a body would while handling and transporting the ashes. Also, the cremation must be done as a genuine request of the deceased and not for reasons which are conflicting to their faith.

 

Not rejecting cremation, it is part of the religion to have a funeral to pay respect to the deceased before they are cremated. Catholics do not respectfully consider options like scattering the ashes, leaving them to the wind by sea, or displaying the urn in your home and instead should be buried in a grave or placed in a columbarium.

 

Burying the ashes or placing them in a columbarium is acceptable to the Catholic faith because it preserves the body in the same way a burial would being on a holy ground and treated the same way as a whole body in a casket.

 

Although cremation is not preferred by the Catholic Church it still is an acceptable and recognized choice of the faithful. If you have any other questions or would like to speak to our professional here at, Tindall Funeral Home, you can contact us here and we would be more than happy to assist you or provide you with the advice and suggestions you may be seeking.

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

What Is The Philosophy Of Hospice Care?

Sometimes death is slow, unavoidable, and emotionally exhausting. It takes a toll on both the patient and their family members, making it the most difficult journey for those involved. The way we c...

Celebrant Or Clergy Member, Which Should I Choose, And Why?

Funerals are planned events arranged to help people say goodbye to loved ones who have died. A celebrant or clergy member is an integral part of this event because they provide support and war...

Understanding Funeral Pricing

Planning and organizing a funeral is an intimidating prospect, especially if you have never done it before. Most family members are worried about the costs involved and don’t understand funeral pri...

4 Unique Funeral and Burial Customs around the World

When it comes to burial customs, every culture is unique. Many of these customs are ancient and people of that region have been practicing for hundreds and thousands of years. We at Tindall Funeral...

Building The Perfect Video Memorial For Your Loved One

If you want to create a personalized memorial service, it’s a good idea to create a video for the event. It can be a touching tribute to your loved one and is a good way to help people have happy m...

Should Your Child Attend The Funeral?

No parent likes the idea of their child becoming aware of death at a young age. They want to shelter their kids and protect them from grief for as long as possible. However, sometimes it is necessa...

How To Write A Condolence Letter To A Friend?

The loss of a close friend or family member can be devastating. People need as much support as they can get during this trying time, especially from their trusted friends. Unfortunately, sometimes ...

Coping With Grief Over The Holidays

Most people aren't in the mood to celebrate holidays when they are grieving. Interactions with friends or family, the holiday cheer, and lively parties can easily cause more pain. At Tindall Funera...

Helping Children Understand Loss

Everyone deals with the loss of a loved one in different ways. Adults struggle to adjust to the new reality and take time to recover from the loss. However, change can be especially difficult for c...

How To Help Someone Who Has Lost Their Pet

Those who have pets love them like their own children and its loss can be very tough to deal with. Pets become an inseparable part of our lives and offer unconditional love. We at Tindall Funeral H...