Cremation

SOME OF THE MANY CHOICES
 AVAILABLE WITH CREMATION

  • Funeral service prior to cremation
    with traditional burial
  • Funeral service prior to cremation with interment in mausoleum, columbarium, or crypt
  • Memorial service with viewing and cremation to follow
  • Memorial service with cremains present
  • Memorial service and interment in mausoleum, columbarium, or crypt
  • Immediate cremation without memorial service
  • Immediate cremation with scattering ceremony
  • Immediate cremation with memorial service and scattering ceremony
  • When cremation takes place following the Funeral Liturgy
  • When cremation and committal take place following the Funeral Liturgy
  • When the cremated remains are present during the Funeral Liturgy

CATHOLIC CHOICES
FOR CREMATION

(Reference: “The Order of Christian Funerals, Appendix 2: Cremation”)

In the case of the third option, the cremated remains are to be placed in a worthy vessel on a small stand positioned where the casket normally would be.  The urn may be carried to its place in the entrance procession or may be placed at the front of the church before the liturgy begins.

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GENERAL

 

The ritual of cremation has been a common practice of many cultures for many centuries.  In our society, though not always an option, cremation is steadily becoming more widely understood, chosen, and accepted.  The reasons for choosing cremation will vary from individual to individual; most are simply making a comfortable, personal choice.  As with any funeral arrangements, there are several options available and many people are choosing to include cremation in their at-need and pre-need arrangements.

FUNERAL HOMES

 

Since cremation is becoming such a popular choice of final disposition, most funeral homes include cremation packages among their offered services.  Making your arrangements through a funeral home has many advantages.  Among them, the use of their chapel and viewing rooms for services.  As with a traditional funeral, the home provides formal facilities for the conduction of services and G & B can assist you with the details of the service itself. 

Bagnell & Son Funeral Home was the first to have an “On-Premises”
crematory in St. Tammany Parish.

SERVICE OPTIONS

 

As with any funeral arrangements, the type and choice of services is left to you and your family.  Should you decide on cremation, you may be buried in a traditional service, interred in a mausoleum, columbarium, or crypt, or placed in the home of a friend or family member.  As well, cremation can be included in your pre-planning arrangements.  Choosing cremation doesn’t lessen your service options by any means.  (See sidebar on right).

ABOUT THE CREMAINS

 

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds are stories of keeping a loved one’s ashes in an urn on the mantel of their home.  Though this is an option, there are others.  An urn can be buried in a cemetery or entombed in an above ground columbarium niche, crypt, or mausoleum.  Some wish to have their cremains dispersed in a scattering ceremony.  (It should be noted that that the scattering of cremains may be regulated by state laws and sometimes requires a permit.)

ASSISTANCE WITH CREMATION CHOICES

 

When making pre-need and at-need cremation arrangements, the funeral home requires the same information as when planning a traditional funeral service with burial.  There are numerous decisions and choices to be made which are often dependent on guidelines set forth by church doctrines, an individual’s religious background, or simply their personal beliefs.  Since you should feel comfortable with your decision, it is recommended that you consult with your clergy, family members, or other outside sources for appropriate information as it applies to your own situation.  Pre-need and at-need cremation arrangements require much thought and reflection, with consideration given to all aspects of the person’s needs, beliefs, and financial situation.

Assisting in the arrangements that accompany cremation is a task we encounter everyday.  We understand the need for prudent decision making, but we also understand that circumstances don’t always accommodate that.  Families not faced with the at-need urgency of making arrangements are focused and confident.  The decisions they make are sensible and reflect the wishes of both the individual and the family.  We ensure that you understand all the options available to you when choosing cremation, enabling you to make sound decisions.

Without cost or obligation, we’ll privately discuss with you the cremation arrangements you wish to make, and document them for you in detail.  Your records will be kept on file and available for activation when the need arises, or if you wish to make changes.

CATHOLIC POSITION ON CREMATION*

 

The following information is presented as a service for the benefit of individuals who are of the Catholic faith.  Although cremation has been a practice of the Catholic Church since 1963, restrictions allowed very few Catholics to choose it.  In recent years, changes to these conditions made by the Catholic Church have enabled cremation to be considered an acceptable option.  However, since traditional funeral rites are intended to honor the body of the deceased, it is still preferred by the Church that the physical body of the deceased be present during Mass.  After the traditional rites of the service have been performed, cremation may be carried out.

There are two reasons for this practice:  The presence of the body at Mass shows reverence for the body and contributes toward the belief in resurrection of the body and the promise of eternal life.  For relatives and friends, it is an opportunity to view the body, express condolences and come to terms with the passing of their loved one.

In 1997, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, a favorable decision was reached concerning the presence of cremated remains at the Mass.  The decision, passed down by the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, grants each diocesan bishop the right to decide whether this practice will be allowed in his diocese.

Concerning the final disposition of the cremated remains, the Catholic position is that the remains are to be treated with dignity and respect, placing them in a worthy vessel for interment.  Once burial rites are held, cremated remains are to receive appropriate disposition in the form of traditional in-ground burial in a private or Catholic cemetery, or entombment in an above ground columbarium niche, crypt or mausoleum.  Interment in this manner allows for permanent memorialization of the deceased, as well as providing a place of visitation and prayer for friends and family members.

In regard to scattering ceremonies, the Catholic Church’s position is that cremation itself is not a final means of disposition.  The scattering of remains, an irreversible process, or permanently placing a loved one’s urn in the home of a relative, is not considered to be in harmony with the reverence that the Church requires.  The exception would be a burial at sea, in which a worthy vessel containing a complete set of remains is placed at sea in a formal “rite of committal” ceremony.

*(Reference: “The Order of Christian Funerals, Appendix 2: Cremation”)

Worldwide, cremation has rapidly expanded.  Since 1973, the number of cremations in North America has more than tripled.  Countries such as Japan (97%), the Great Britain (70%) and Scandinavia (over 65%) continue to show a high percentage rate of cremations.  It is predicted that by the year 2010, cremations in the U.S. will be close to 40%.

SOME CREMATION FACTS

 

PERSONAL DOCUMENTS

 

There are many items of documentation that must be located at the loss of a loved one.  Many do not realize that safe-deposit boxes are often sealed until after the conduction of the funeral service.  It’s important that birth certificates, social security information, insurance and government death benefit policies be accessible to family members to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made.  Does a friend or family member know where to find your documents?  what about the location of deeds, mortgage notes, stocks and bonds, or a cemetery deed?  When preplanning, such information is discussed and documented by pre-need counselors to ensure there are no difficulties when activation of your plans is required.

COSTS OF CREMATION

 

Cremation should not be regarded as a cheaper form of final disposition.  Cremation costs vary from state to state and often do not include the cost of funeral expenses.  Prudent arrangement decisions include considering the type of service to be performed, deciding upon the manner of interment, and selecting an appropriate urn.  Since cost is often a factor when making arrangement decisions, it is important to give due consideration to the endless choices of memorial services and options available to you.

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Many well-known Americans have selected cremation following their deaths, and are memorialized in prominent U.S. cemeteries. 

They include statesmen, prominent military persons, as well as many from the fields of sports and entertainment.

Eternal Rest Cemetery offers scatter garden niche crypts or traditional above ground vaults.

Bagnell and Son Funeral Home provides affordability with dignity.

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