Cremation Interest Among Catholics Increases Every Year

The Interest in Cremation

Many people don’t realize that cremation for Catholics has been permitted since 1963, when a cremation ban was officially lifted for the Catholic faithful. While cremation is different than traditional burial, there are still many aspects of the funeral service remain the same. Such traditions bring comfort to family, friends, and other loved ones.

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Decorating your Glass-Front Niche

Decorating Your Niche

Indoor glass-front niches give you the opportunity to decorate so that everyone can see your devotion to your loved one. These niches are above-ground indoor walls and have an enclosed front that is made of glass. If you choose cremation for either yourself or a loved one, you can have your cremated body placed in an urn and then displayed with decorative elements.

Displaying Elements within a Glass-Front Niche

Here are some common ideas that are used by family and friends of the deceased.

  • Pictures. Pictures are very common decorative items for glass-front niches. Pictures used include those of wedding days, parents, children, grandchildren, other family and friends, and pets. While most of the pictures are color photos, black and white photos are used too, depending of the age of the deceased.
  • Religious articles: Rosaries, crosses, and blessed items may be placed in the niche to honor the deceased’s beliefs.
  • Jewelry. Pins, necklaces, watches, bracelets, rings and hair clasps are often placed in a glass-front niche.
  • Mementos of special places. If your loved one took a trip or vacation that was special for them, you may want to place a small statue or item that reminds you of the trip. For example, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris could be remembered by a small Eiffel Tower representation or a even a stuffed animal.
  • Urn. Of course, the urn is the most important item placed in a glass-front niche. Urns can be designed using different materials, such as marble, glass, granite, ceramic, and metal. They can be decorative, with carvings, hobbies, gems, or religious items added. Many people who place the cremains of loved ones in glass-front niches have custom urns that are designed to be meaningful.

A memorial plate will likely be placed in the niche so that the name of the deceased is known. You should first know the rules that are attached to columbaria in a cemetery or memorial space. Some do not allow articles of any kind and have strict rules about urn designs. Others will offer a list of suggestions that you may use to place items in the niche of your loved one.

If you would like to discuss pre-need or at-need plans for a funeral, burial, or cremation, contact Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes or Woodruff Memorial Park Cemetery today. We can assist you or answer any questions you have about our services. We will come to your home or meet you at one of our funeral homes. Remember, at Beinhauer’s, your loved ones never leave our care.

Adding a Celebrant Service to a Traditional Religious Ceremony

Celebrant Services

Celebrant services have been gaining in popularity in the past few decades. As more and more people acknowledge as being spiritual but having no religious affiliation, these services have been filling a void for many who are looking for a particular kind of service that matches their beliefs. Celebrant services are sometimes called a “celebration of life” and often have no religious service that precedes or follows.

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