faith traditions

New Guidance on Burial and Cremation within Faith Traditions

Posted on November 7, 2016 in End of Life Planning

For many, navigating a myriad of decisions about funeral and burial plans starts with the directives of their faith traditions. For instance, there are Asian funerals that need to adhere to different traditions that have cultural significance. We have great respect for the beliefs that shape these guidelines and seek to provide options that can accommodate them all.


Often we find that there’s a great deal of confusion, however, about what each faith proscribes. So we’re pleased to be able to share opportunities for edification for those of Catholic and Jewish heritage.


The Vatican recently released instructions clarifying the Catholic Church’s teachings on burial and cremation, which helped articulate its positions on green burial and the scattering of ashes or storing cremains at home.


To Rise with Christ, an instruction “regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation,” calls for burying the urn of a person’s ashes or placing it in a columbarium or tomb marked with his or her name. It also allows for green burial in addition to traditional burial, with some qualifications. Catholic News Service has published a full explanation.


This helps to answer some of the questions that we’ve received from our Catholic families about burial at Seven Stones. The existing Code of Canon Law also addresses opportunities for Catholic burial at nondenominational cemeteries.


Locally, Feldman Mortuary is hosting “Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View,” featuring noted author, speaker and Israeli Jewish educator Doron Kornbluth. He will be presenting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 14, at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St.


This free event offers an interactive, informative look at the burial vs. cremation question from the Jewish perspective. To RSVP, email with the subject line “Doron Event.”


Here at Seven Stones, we’ve created a range of options for burial and cremation, as well as a diverse array of memorials and markers. We’d encourage you to call 303.717.7117 or email to set an appointment and come by if you’d like to talk further about what’s available.


Our priority at Seven Stones is to help families make their way through the many decisions that preplanning requires and arrive at a resolution that best fits their needs—whether or not that includes us. Please reach out; we always welcome your questions and suggestions about the possibilities at Seven Stones!

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