Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas has expanded its services with the introduction of the Caholic Burial Plan, an all-inclusive pre-arrangement program that encompasses cemetery, funeral and cremation planning.
The Caholic Burial Plan represents a coordinated approach by Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas, to educate all Catholic families within the archdiocese on its “mission to bury the dead with dignity and respect; comfort the living with compassion and concern; and provide sacred space for remembering”. This process begins with the end in mind, by offering information that allows your family the opportunity to first select its final resting place, be it ground burial, mausoleum entombment or cremation. Once this part of the decision making process is accomplished, additional insight is offered on the most practical and affordable way to accomplish planning in advance for your funeral.
Our efforts to incorporate this personalized educational program come at a time when Catholic families throughout the country continue to choose cremation as an option for final disposition. While cremation is certainly an option available to all Catholic families, what happens to those ashes after the cremation is often misunderstood. As an example, keeping cremated remains in your home or the home of a friend, scattering the ashes, or mixing the ashes with those of another is most definitely against the teachings of the Church. Where reverent disposition of the deceased is required in a Catholic cemetery when one is available, the practice of separating ashes into multiple containers is strictly forbidden.
While few Catholics have a complete understanding of these requirements, even fewer understand that the cremation spoken of in this context is to occur only after the full body has been present at the Vigil and Funeral Mass.
Here’s what one Catholic family says about planning ahead for their cemetery and funeral needs:
St. Michael the Archangel parishioners, Liz and Bill Dumortier:
“We thought we understood and had prepared for the process of our funeral and burial. However, in hindsight, we were ‘clueless’. The information we received was helpful in knowing types of burials, costs, caskets and choices.”
Three reasons for planning with Catholic Cemeteries at this time: “#1 – Inner peace – knowing it makes our wishes clearly known so there will be no guessing on the part of our family; #2 – Takes the burden of psychological and financial pressure off our family when we die; #3 – It shows we love and care about those we leave behind.
How easy was it to preplan with your counselor during the home visit? “Incredibly rewarding. It was a spiritual and educational journey, with our extraordinary counselor supporting and gently guiding us through the process…We were blessed God placed Pauline in this position! Listened carefully to our needs, patiently answered questions; as our advocate, we felt trust, comfort and acceptance through the process, including advising, guiding, supporting, encouraging, preparing, assisting, reviewing, resolving.”
Would you recommend that your family and friends take advantage of the Archdiocese’s program? “Yes, definitely! Can’t say enough positive things to encourage all Catholics to commit. Even if you complete the program and choose to wait for final plans, the educational value of the “mechanics” of what to expect is essential. It’s a gift to yourself and those you love to be informed”
And finally, “Do it! Pre-planning is essential. Take advantage of this excellent program. I suspect if we had sought someone in corporate America to take the hours, professional content, and expertise to set up a Burial Plan, we would have paid well over $1000 for what received at no cost.”