Why are cemeteries necessary?
In our modern society, it is our responsibility to treat human remains (including cremated remains) with dignity and respect, and to place them on property dedicated for that purpose. Today's burial grounds, or cemeteries/memorial gardens, serve as a central location for survivors to visit, to reflect, to remember and to heal.
Cemeteries also provide a link with history. Many people visit pioneer or veterans' cemeteries to remember, and be inspired by ancestors who developed our communities and served our country.
Who can be buried in the cemetery?
The cemeteries are open to all.
How do I make pre arrangements?
To make your personalized arrangements, call us at 902-429-9800 ext. 308 or contact us through our website www.ccchalifax.com so that we may set up a convenient time to explain the various options available and take you for a personal tour.
Why should I pre arrange my cemetery needs?
By pre arranging your burial, your wishes are made clear. Advance planning is the best way to avoid heavier financial burdens in the future. Decisions are made apart from the emotions and stress of a death. We will assist you and respect your preferences - personal, family, emotional, financial and spiritual. We will make a full, unhurried, in-depth disclosure of all costs, so you can make prudent and informed choices in an atmosphere free from the anguish and grief that accompanies a death.
How do I choose the right type of grave?
Because it is an important question, many things must be considered. What type of memorial do you prefer? A marker set flat on the ground? An upright monument? How many burials do you expect to take place? Are you arranging for yourself or your family? How much do you want to spend? Answers to these types of questions will assist you to make the right purchase.
What are my choices for traditional burial?
We offer single graves and lots composed of two or more graves for traditional burials.
What is a columbarium?
A columbarium is constructed of numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.
What is cremation?
Cremation is a method for preparing the deceased for memorialization (interment?). The process has been practiced throughout human history and is considered an alternative to traditional earth burial. Scientifically speaking, it is a process of reducing a deceased human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
Why do people select cremation?
The reasons for choosing cremation are as varied and unique as the individuals selecting it. Some choose cremation based on their feelings toward environmental issues and land usage. For many, it is a choice that reflects the individual's philosophical or religious beliefs. Others choose cremation to simplify the experience and save money.
What can I do with the cremated remains?
You have many choices. Cremated remains can be buried at one of our cemetery ground sites, or placed in a columbarium niche. Our staff will be happy to discuss placement options with you in more detail.
If I'm going to be cremated, why would I want my remains interred at the cemetery? Why shouldn't I just have them scattered in the sea or in some other place of my choosing?
Early Christians did not use cremation, but they buried their dead with honour following the Jewish tradition. Cremation as such was not incompatible with Christian teaching, but it was the motives that were suspect or considered pagan. With time, however, the Church lifted the ban on this practice. It is now acceptable to cremate remains unless the decision is made or reasons contrary to Christian teaching (canon 1176 § 3).
Due to the great respect the Church has for the dignity, unity and sacredness of the person whose remains recall the life of a baptized child of God, she holds it important to maintain the same respect and care for cremated remains as for the body of the deceased (Liturgical Norms on Cremation, Congregtion for Divine Worship: Order of Christian Funerals, Appendix 2 "Cremation" No. 417). The Catholic funeral rites express that reverence and so must the burial, including burial of cremated remains. That is why the Church demands that they be kept undivided and that the container be buried in the cemetery or placed in a mauseleum or a columbarium designated for that purpose instead of having them scattered or kept in a private home. Scattering human remains or keeping them at home shows a tendency to look backward at a life that has passed rather than to look forward to the new stage of life with God that has been reached, which is, the life of the resurrection with Christ.
The National Liturgy Office of the CCCB published in 2006 a leaflet entitled CATHOLICS AND CREMATION which addresses various questions about this reality and is still very timely. It could be put at the disposal of parishioners. www.nlo.cccb.ca