Making Plans for the Future

As a race, we humans put our faith in planning, from the birth of a baby to weddings and vacations; we are comfortable when every detail is planned. However, most people prefer not to do so for death as can be quite morbid. Preplanning not only ensures that the end of your life is peaceful but it also relieves your loved ones from the stress of taking tough decisions.

Our friendly and informed staff guarantee in making this process as simple and direct as possible. Our pre –payment option provides you with the possibility of paying the money up front for everything, even for an urn and memorial service (if needed) which will take the burden off your shoulders. We also provide you with an additional guarantee that even if the death takes place outside the state, your family can call us for our services and we will ensure that everything is taken care of and that all the arrangements are made.

Make an appointment with our Pre- Need Specialists and find out more about the options that you can avail for yourself and your loved ones. (215)515-0074.

  • Administrative and Professional services of funeral director and staff.
  • In-person consultation with funeral director either at our office or your home.
  • Securing the certification of death  from the doctor
  • Preparation of legal documents within the county of death.

At Philadelphia Cremation Services, we emphasize on making our services affordable for our clients. No matter whether it is your loved one’s burial or cremation, we promise to never burden you with any extra cost during your time of mourning. Enlisted below is a range of affordable options and best prices depending on what you choose.

Simple Cremation: $995

  • Worry-Free cremation services
  • Alternative cremation and temporary containers
  • Transportation of the body within 30 miles of our facility
  • Preparation of the required documents and authorizations

Cremation for Catholics

Even though the Catholic Church has been practicing cremation from 1963, the many restrictions and prejudices surrounding it over the years has made common people unaware of the process, unfamiliar with the concept and uncomfortable thinking of it. There has now been a change in scenario as the church has changed its regulations, qualifying cremation as an appropriate option for the deceased to be lain to rest.

Catholic funeral rites are observed strictly with reference to the order of Funerals in Christianity. Appendix 2 of the Belief Book makes provisions for three different possibilities pertaining to cremation, which are;

  1. When cremation follows the service of the Funeral Liturgy
  2. When cremation and committal follows the service of the Funeral Liturgy
  3. When the Funeral Liturgy is performed in the presence of cremated remains.

When opting for the third phrase, the book stresses the importance of having the urn (containing the cremated remains) placed on a pedestal, in the same position the burial casket would be during the funeral service. It also suggests that, cremains could be carried from the entrance to its place or even placed in front of the church prior to the commencement of the service.

The Church‘s take on Cremation

The Catholic Church prefers the presence of the deceased body during the funeral as the service had been originally designed as a way to honor the dead. The cremation is usually carried out after the funeral mass because of two main reasons;

  • The service is performed in reverence of the dead person’s body, thereby reinforcing the concept of resurrection and the journey of the soul to eternal peace.
  • It is an opportunity for friends and relatives to view the body and express their condolences one last time, thereby helping the loved ones in their grieving process.

Changes adapted by the Church

Though Catholics opt for cremation at times out of necessity, the need for the presence of cremains during the mass is still being debated and needs to be officially addressed by the Church. A request made by The National Conference of Catholic Bishop (1997) was sanctioned by Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, allowing bishops discretion to decide whether the urn containing the cremated remains has to be present during the service or not within his diocese. However, the clergy is also expected to make some changes to the wording for the funeral mass if permission is given.

Things you should know with regard to cremains.

The church insists in keeping the remains in an urn and emphasizes in treating it with respect and honor. After the funeral service, the family can chose the method of disposal according to their wish, which can include a traditional burial, preserving it in a columbarium, entombment in a crypt and placing it in a mausoleum. Storing the cremains enables the opportunity for the loved ones to visit and pay homage to the deceased and helps them recoup from the loss.

The Church‘s take on scattering ceremonies

The Catholic Church strictly urges treating cremation remains with respect and regard. Scattering ceremonies or putting the urn on your mantelpiece at home as entombment is utterly discouraged by the church and is perceived to be deprecating. However, the church makes exception for disposal at sea, where the urn carrying all the remains of the deceased would be placed in water during a formal ceremony.

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