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For Catholics, burial in a Catholic cemetery is a baptismal right; for those who do not possess this right, it is a privilege. Catholic cemeteries are intended for the interment of Catholics, catechumens and members of their families who have this right to Christian burial according to the rules of the Roman Catholic Church.
The "certificate of the right of interment" is the governing cemetery document. If the owner wishes to allow others to be interred, a Designation of Interment form must be filed with the cemetery office.
When space in an existing lot is available but a Designation of Interment form has not been filed with the appropriate cemetery and the certificate-holder is deceased and has not specially passed the certificate rights through a will, a legal order of succession is followed. The succession begins with the surviving spouse and the owner's children; in absence of both, then to the owner's parents. If no parents are living, then the succession passes to the owner's brothers and sisters equally, then to the owner's closest next of kin. Further detail is found in the official cemetery Rules and Regulations.
Interment space can either be a crypt, niche or ground burial.
Yes, cremated remains can be buried in an in-ground grave with the following conditions:
Note: For more information about marbelite urns, please consult your funeral director.
The Rules and Regulations define who has the authority or legal right to place or alter a monument as the certificate holder or next of kin. Any alternation made to a monument requires prior approval and authorization from the appropriate cemetery office.
Foundations are required to place a monument. These foundations ensure that the monuments are placed at the proper level and are there to maintain safety. Foundation fees are not included in the cost of the burial sites and are collected by cemetery management prior to acceptance or alteration of monuments.
Monuments and memorials remain the property and responsibility of the purchaser. The cemetery must always have a current contact name and address as services such as re-sealing granite/marble components may be required.