Catholics who follow the cremation guidelines of the Church will purchase a cremation urn and the urn will be placed in a Catholic cemetery, either interred or in a crypt. Catholics are not allowed to scatter ashes of the deceased, nor are they allowed to take them home or share them with loved ones. The reason is due to the Catholic belief in the resurrection of the body and immortality of the soul.
Cremation was once banned by the Vatican but is today an increasing popular option for today’s Catholics. In the 1960’s the ban was lifted and since that time more and more Catholics opt for cremation. It is estimated that nearly a third of all Catholics are cremated. Regardless of your reason for cremation (cost, eco-friendly, limited family plot space), you’ll want to choose a cremation urn that reflects your Catholic beliefs and values.