Can Catholics be cremated?

The Catholic Church allows cremation with the following stipulations.

  • The cremated remains are treated with the same respect as the human body from which they come from.
  • The cremated remains must be buried or entombed in a cemetery or mausoleum that guarantees perpetual care.
  • The cremated remains must be buried as a unit, in an urn or cremation casket. Designer keepsake urns, including jewelry, are not acceptable in Catholic funeral practices.
  • The cremated remains may not be scattered or kept in the home of a relative or family member.

It is the Church’s preference that the cremation take place after the funeral Mass with the body present whenever possible.