All About Cremation
A Guide to Catholic Cremations
What is Cremation?Cremation (using fire and heat) is the process by which the body of the deceased is reduced to its basic elements. Cremation is permitted for Catholics as long as it is not chosen in denial of Christian teaching on the Resurrection and the sacredness of the human body.
Does the Church have a preference for either cremation or burial of the body of the deceased? Although cremation is permitted, Catholic teaching continues to stress the preference for burial or entombment of the body of the deceased. This is done in imitation of the burial of Jesus’ body. “This is the Body once washed in baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the bread of life. Our identity and self -consciousness as a human person are expressed in and through the body…Thus, the Church’s reverence and care for the body grows out of a reverence and concern for the person whom the Church now commends to the care of God.”
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers a wide range of options for the permanent memorialization of cremated remains, including mausoleum niches, columbariums, and urn gardens.
Contact one of our Family Service Representatives so that we can walk you through your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.