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General

Catholic cemeteries are an extension of the parish where those who have worshipped and prayed together in life now await the resurrection of the body in death. In a unique way, the Catholic Church sets aside in perpetuity and solemnly consecrates the land of Catholic cemeteries. Click here to learn more.
The perpetual care fee is a one-time charge to ensure the future maintenance and beautification of the cemeteries for generations.

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Cremation

YES. In 1963, the Vatican lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation.
The church prefers that cremation take place after the funeral liturgy with the body; however, it is permissible to celebrate the funeral liturgy with the ashes.
Yes. Respectful final disposition of ashes involves interment or entombment. Ashes are to be treated in the same respectful manner as if they were the full-body of the deceased. Cremated remains should be interred in a grave or entombed in a niche.
A columbarium is an arrangement of niches either inside a mausoleum or in another area of the cemetery into which cremated remains are entombed.
A niche is a space in a mausoleum or columbarium for the inurnment of ashes.
No. “The practices of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.” (Order of Christian Funerals, Appendix II).

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Burial

Yes. We believe in the sanctity of family and that those who were together in life should remain together in death.
Since every burial is unique, a Family Service Representative can help determine if space is available with your family.
Yes. Many families choose to continue their family heritage by purchasing a family estate lot or family estate mausoleum.
Currently, natural burial is offered at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon only.

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