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What You Need To Know About Cremation

Cremation has been around for thousands of years, but some people still aren’t sure exactly how the process works. The option of being cremated is becoming increasingly popular as opposed to traditional burials. If you’re pre-planning your funeral (and it’s recommended that you do), you should educate yourself on cremation to determine if the choice is right for you.

Cremation Benefits

  • Often less expensive than burials

  • More environmentally friendly

  • Ashes can be kept in an urn by a family member or scattered wherever you choose

  • All funeral types still available

Funerals with Cremation

One common misconception is that if someone is cremated, they aren’t able to have a traditional funeral service. This actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Your family can still hold a traditional funeral including body viewing with an open casket. This is because the ceremony is held before the body is cremated. A ceremonial cremation can also be held, with an urn in place of the body in a casket. Memorial services are also still an option with cremation.

Catholic Cremations

For many years cremation was not an appropriate action to be taken within the Catholic church. The Church has allowed cremation for at least the past 20 years, but the nuances may be a bit difficult to understand. That’s why it’s recommended that you meet with an officiating priest to learn more about a Catholic cremation. When Catholics are cremated they are often placed in a columbarium, which is a memorial structure that houses urns and allows your loved ones to visit.

If you’re interested in learning more about cremation in Cincinnati, contact Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society today.

The Emotional Benefits of Holding a Funeral

When a loved one dies, the grief can be intense. If you’ve suffered a loss, you may be experiencing sadness, disbelief, anger, and even guilt, and it may seem like shutting yourself away from other people will make the pain less intense. The truth is, however, that grief shared is grief lessened, and relying on others for support is the best thing you can do to begin to heal. Where does the path to healing start? Often, it begins at the funeral.

  • A funeral promotes connection with others. Those who loved the person who died can come together to remember and grieve, offering each other support and consolation. Social bonds are an important part of the healing process, as they remind you that you are not alone, and life will go on. When you dismiss the need to have a funeral, you not only isolate yourself but also rob others of the opportunity to benefit from leaning on each other.

  • Allowing people to share in your grief gives them a way to support you. When a friend suffers a loss, it’s easy to feel helpless and at a loss for something to do to help. Attending a funeral allows people to show that they care for you, and support you in your loss. That benefits you, but it benefits them, too.

  • Honoring a loved one’s life is important. The most important thing is not the death, but the life that was lived. Each person’s life is unique, special, and worth remembering. A funeral is a chance to say goodbye, but it’s also a chance to stop for a moment and reflect on exactly what that person meant to you, and why your loved one mattered.

  • Ritual connects us to our roots. The rituals surrounding a funeral help us find meaning in the loss, and hope for the future. Participating in these rituals helps keep us rooted in the faith traditions of our family, and connected to the family history. Personal rituals in the days, months, and even years following a loss, like donating to charity in that person’s name, planting a tree in memory of your loved one, or lighting a candle on special days, are an important part of keeping memory alive, and honoring your connection to the person who has died.

  • Closure starts at the funeral service. Gaining closure after a loss is important, and in order to do that, we must first work through our grief. In a culture that races through many of life’s events, moving ever faster, a funeral provides one of those rare, healing moments of reflection, in which to quiet your mind and begin to find meaning in your loss.

Since 1843, the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society has worked to help Greater Cincinnati families plan their final arrangements and commit loved ones to the peace of our Lord. We operate St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery on West Eighth Street in Price Hill, St. Mary and St. John Catholic cemeteries in St. Bernard, and Baltimore Pike all-faith cemetery in Westwood. Dedicated to caring compassionate service, we are committed to helping Catholics plan funeral services for their loved ones and find burial space in consecrated grounds, as well as providing preneed services for those who wish to pre-plan their own funerals. Visit our website to learn more about us and find out how we can help you plan a meaningful funeral.

Expressing Condolences

When a person dies, it’s our natural impulse to want to reach out to the family with words of sympathy. Some people are reluctant to do so, though, fearing they’ll say the wrong thing. Bereaved families need the support of others, so we’ve come up with a few simple rules to guide you in the proper way to express condolences.

  • Say it simply. “I’m sorry for your loss.” “You are in my thoughts.” “This must be hard for you.” “He/she was a wonderful person who will be truly missed.” All of these are perfectly acceptable ways to express sympathy in a simple, honest way.

  • Avoid clichés. Don’t say “He’s in a better place” or “Everything happens for a reason.” Don’t say, “I know exactly how you’re feeling” or “How are you holding up?” because the answers to those are “No you don’t” and “Not so well.” Think about your words before you say them, and check to make sure they’re not insensitive or condescending.

  • Feel free to send a card. If you tend to choke when speaking about something difficult, it may be best to send a card or letter. That way, you can plan carefully and really think about what you want to say as you’re writing it down.

  • Flowers express sympathy without words. The most popular and traditional way to send condolences, flowers can be sent to the funeral home, for display during the funeral, or directly to the family. You can also choose to send a potted plant or tree, for a longer lasting memorial gift. Different flowers have different meanings, and some cultures do not associate flowers with funerals, so make sure the family in accepting flowers before you order them.

  • Sometimes people prefer donations. Families sometimes ask for donations to charity in lieu of flowers, especially if the charity was important to the person who has died. Even if no such charity is designated, if you know the family well enough to choose an appropriate charity, aligned with their beliefs, you may choose to designate a donation as a tribute to the person who has passed away.

Since 1843, the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society has worked to help Greater Cincinnati families plan their final arrangements and commit loved ones to the peace of our Lord. Well-versed in funeral etiquette, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Dedicated to caring compassionate service, we are committed to helping Catholics plan funeral services for their loved ones and find burial space in consecrated grounds, as well as providing preneed services for those who wish to preplan their own funerals. Visit our website to learn more about us and find out how we can help you plan a meaningful funeral.

Important Questions to Ask When Planning a Funeral

If you’re planning a funeral, whether it be your own or that of a loved one, there are certain questions you’ll need to ask along the way. While planning your own funeral may sound a bit macabre, it makes sense for a lot of reasons. At the very least, discussing or recording your preferences ahead of time can make the process easier for your loved ones and leave them with fewer questions to answer.

Burial or Cremation?

While traditional burials are still popular, cremation has grown in popularity over the years. Both options allow the deceased to be memorialized, with an urn offering remembrance for cremation and a traditional burial plot also available. This is a personal choice that should be made or communicated ahead of time if possible.

What Type of Ceremony?

There are many choices when it comes to the type of ceremony you prefer. There are more traditional funerals and then more ceremony-like gatherings to remember the deceased. Will there be an open or closed casket is another consideration. Even if someone is cremated, they can often be in a casket for the funeral before cremation takes place.

What Happens to Possessions?

After someone passes away, their assets and possessions are typically distributed. If they don’t have some type of will or documentation of this, families can often get into arguments and the courts are left to decide what’s best.

Who Pays for the Funeral?

Funerals and their related expenses can often be quite costly. Pre-planning or pre-paying can take some of the financial burden off your loved ones should you pass away unexpectedly. If you are a veteran, the government might pay all or some of your funeral expenses.

To learn more about pre-planning your funeral contact Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society today.

Ways to Cope After Losing a Loved One

Each year millions of Americans have to deal with losing a loved one. This can make for a very difficult time, and it’s not easy to deal with a loss. Grieving is a natural process, and it isn’t the same for everyone. While everyone will mourn the loss of a loved one, some will grieve for a longer period of time or have more difficulty dealing with everyday activities than others do.

Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way (or timeline) when it comes to dealing with the loss of a loved one. What you can do, however, is utilize some tips to help you cope after a loved one has passed away.

One way to cope is by focusing on being mindful. Mindfulness has to do with being aware of your feelings and being proactive about approaching your life in a new way. It’s about learning how to control your grief so it does not control you.

Being reflective is a good way to get started. Think back to other painful times in your life and how you were able to deal with them. This could be the loss of another loved one, or another painful circumstance such as losing a job, the passing of a pet, or going through a bad breakup.

Think about the strategies you used to cope and then consider if those were effective and should be used again. Learning from our past can help make our future easier, so figure out what works for you when dealing with grief.

Staying centered is also important when it comes to dealing with a loss. Try not to block your feelings, but acknowledge them instead. Try to stay calm and focused by trying techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to feel more grounded.

Look to the future so you can see past this difficult time in your life. Consider how you may want to make positive changes to your life and spend some time focusing on things that make you happy, like hobbies. Seeing a future for yourself is a good way to stay positive and hopeful.

Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society can help you cope with the loss of a loved one and walk you through each step of the process.

Memorial Options to Remember Your Loved One

Losing a loved one makes for a very tough time, but thankfully there are a variety of options available to remember and memorialize them once they have passed away. Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society is proud to offer several memorial options including:

Memorial Benches – Benches can be purchased in the memory or in the honor of a loved one. They provide a comfortable area for visitors to rest and are placed close to a chosen location.

Urns – Urns provide a peaceful final resting place for those who are cremated. Cremated remains can be buried or placed in a columbarium memorial. Popular urn options include:

  • Metal Urns

  • Granite Urns

  • Bronze Urns

  • Ceramic Urns

  • Cloisonne Urns

  • Marble Urns

  • Wooden Urns

Burial Vaults – Protect your loved one’s casket from heavy cemetery equipment and the weight of the earth. Most vaults can be customized and are available in a variety of styles including:

  • Venetian® Burial Vault

  • Custom Tribute Venetian

  • Legacy Venetian

  • Venetian Breast Cancer

  • Continental® Burial Vault

  • Lined Cemetery Vault

Cremation Vaults – Similar to burial vaults, these vaults protect your loved one’s ashes and are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes including bronze, copper, stainless, and lined.

Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society provides Catholic burials and funerals at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, St. John Cemetery, and Baltimore Pike Cemetery. We also offer unique remembrances such as memory medallions and Light of Hope luminary eternal lights. Visit our memorials and vaults page to learn more and see some of our galleries.

Why You Should Plan Ahead When It Comes to Your Funeral

Being the guest of honor is usually a joyous occasion, however, that isn’t the case at your own funeral. While some people never make their wishes known, others pre-plan their funeral or memorial service and make their preferences known to their loved ones.

Not only will this option allow you to be remembered the way you prefer, it can also make it easier on your family in their time of grief. Planning a funeral can be quite stressful, especially if your loved ones don’t know what you would have wanted. There are plenty of choices to be made, from whether to be buried or cremated to having an open or closed casket if you choose to be preserved.

Some people are of the mindset of “I don’t care what happens to me after I’m dead”. While this may be true, leaving the burden on your family can make a difficult time even more stressful. You may think your family knows you well enough to know what you would want, but if you don’t make those preferences known, preferably in writing, they may not be carried out.

You can also opt to pay some or all of your funeral costs ahead of time, easing the financial burden on your loved ones. Don’t be afraid to have an end of life discussion with your loved ones if you learn you are ill, or even if not.

For a Catholic funeral, you should also consider which passages of scripture you would like read at your service as well as what music you would like to be played. Knowing all of your choices ahead of time can help make your preferences known so your family and friends can celebrate your life once you have moved on. Contact Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society today for more information.

Learn More About CCCS and the Cemeteries We Operate

Since 1843, the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society has been helping families plan their final arrangements and commit loved ones to the peace of our Lord. Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society is not the only thing that CCCS stands for; we are committed to Care, Concern, Cooperation, and Service.

We currently operate four cemeteries: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, St. John Cemetery, and Baltimore Pike Cemetery.

  • St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery – First consecrated by German Catholics in 1843, this historic cemetery is located at West 8th Street and Seton Avenue in Prince Hill. We serve Catholics from all nationalities at this 128-acre facility with burial plots available. In 1998 the St. Joseph chapel and mausoleum were completed with about 4,000 crypt spaces. Columbaria were developed for above ground cremation burial in 2013.

  • St. Mary Catholic Cemetery – Centrally located in St. Bernard, St. Mary Catholic Cemetery dates all the way back to 1873. With that history in mind, we continue to open new sections including the new mausoleum the Christ Our Savior Chapel. Statues formerly located at Our Lady of Angels High School and former churches St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Patrick are located in the mausoleum.

  • St. John Catholic Cemetery – Established in 1849, St. John Catholic Cemetery is now home to less than two dozen burials each year. The grounds are meticulously maintained and this location remains beautiful and peaceful.

  • Baltimore Pike Cemetery – Situated on 100 acres atop one of Western Cincinnati’s highest hills, the Baltimore Pike Cemetery is a peaceful final resting place and provides a beautiful view of the Clifton area. Sometimes home to deer and wild turkeys as well as flowering trees, this location offers panoramic views and will put your mind at ease.

To learn more about Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society, contact us today.

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