The Catholic Church’s Position on Cremation
It should come as no surprise that, in addition to beautifully crafted wood caskets, Abbey Caskets builds equally elegant cremation urns. After all, while it is true that the Catholic Church prohibited cremation for centuries, that has not been the case for decades.
However, the Church does have some very specific requirements regarding cremation, all of which support the pious ritual of burial.
Neither keeping cremated ashes at home, nor having them scattered at a favorite location, is in accordance with the Church’s reverence for the human body as an earthly home for the immortal soul. The position of the Catholic Church is that cremated remains must be placed in an urn and buried in a consecrated grave or inside a mausoleum.
If you plan on cremation, you should speak to your parish priest about whether the actual cremation should take place before or after the funeral Mass.