Recognizing that the goal of our lives is eternal
life with God, we prepare for that with prayer,
reception of the sacraments, and caring for those
around us. Preparation for death is an essential
part of life for a Christian.
In making decisions about our preparation for death,
the choice for cremation is becoming more common.
While the Church continues to prefer and encourage
the faithful to bury or entomb the bodies of their
departed loved ones, if cremation is chosen, the
Church wishes to support the faithful in honoring
the life and memory of the departed.
The Catholic Church teaches that the cremated
remains of the body should be buried or entombed.
The scattering of cremated remains or keeping them
at home, or dividing them among various family
members is not the reverent disposition the Church
believes is appropriate. The cremated remains of
the body should be treated with the same respect as
the whole body would be treated. Scattering of
cremated remains does not allow for families who
would like to visit the final resting place of their
loved one. Generations of families still return to
the site of the grave or crypt of a loved one and
share memories and prayers in our legacy of faith.
In the Diocese of Santa Rosa, our Catholic
Cemeteries have Urn Gardens for in-ground burial,
Niches for inurnment and under certain conditions,
cremated remains may be placed in a grave or crypt
with a loved one already interred at the cemetery.
This allows for visitation, memorialization and
prayers. Our staff can explain the options and
limitations to consider. To schedule the burial or
entombment of cremated remains, please contact the
cemetery a few days in advance.
All interments must have a cemetery approved outer
container for interment. Please contact the
cemetery for sizes when considering placement of
cremated remains in a niche as the niche sizes vary
by location. Certain urns may not fit in the niche
space of some locations.