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Cremation – an alternative to burial

By October 20, 2012August 3rd, 2022No Comments

As cremation grows in popularity, questions still linger for many. What does cremation cost and how does the cost compare to regular burial? What about the practice of scattering the remains? What is the Catholic Church’s stance on cremation?
Up until 1963, cremation was not permitted by the Church. Phil Slattery, funeral planning. & Crematoria’s Mission Director says “In 2011 this is an acceptable option with the preference that the cremated remains (ashes) be treated with the same respect with which we respect the body and that they be buried or placed in a niche wall, garden or mausoleum.”
Phil noted that there are pros and cons to cremation that generally fall into categories including economic, geographic, environmental and family factors. “Some consider cremation to be more environmentally correct and cost effective,” he said. “Others see it as a simple and convenient option.”
Cremation appeals to the personal and spiritual philosophies of some, although not all family members may agree. Phil noted, “Which is why we offer families a wide range of choices of burial and memorialisation. Where family members have different wishes, a compromise may be the interment of cremated remains in a family grave”.
The cost difference between cremation and burial is significant and can be around $3-4000 when comparing a basic lawn burial to a pre planned cremation. With an “at time of need” funeral, a burial interment can be nearly $7000 more than cremation, which is as little as $1000.

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