Yes, in 1963 the Catholic Church eliminated its prohibition against cremation. Although cremation represents a means of disposition preferred by many, it is not the “final disposition” — burial is. Human cremated remains are still the body of the deceased — just in a different form. Thus, cremated remains should be treated with the same respect as the “full” body is treated prior to cremation. They should be buried in a cemetery. Honoring and respecting the deceased by keeping their remains safe, undisturbed, and memorialized is a time honored tradition. It is important to everyone to be remembered. It is also important for family members and future generations to visit these graves — even if only once. We can tell that from the large numbers of people who visit the cemetery each year doing their family genealogy!
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