The Catholic Church has historically shown great reverence and compassion for those in the final stages of life, as well as caring for and supporting families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. In line with the Corporal Work of Mercy to bury the dead and care for the grieving, the Church shows a deep respect for the dignity of the body. As a temple of the Holy Spirit and because of our belief in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, the final disposition of a person is a sacred matter. The burial or entombment of the deceased person’s body or cremated remains is a testimony that those who have gone before us are treated with reverence as members of the Communion of Saints.
Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes serve an important role in assuring that the faithful departed are treated in a loving and respectful manner as well as showing compassion for those who are grieving. Just as Christ was laid to rest in a tomb, our Catholic cemeteries are sacred places for laying to rest our loved ones. Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes, through their spiritual atmosphere as well as regular Masses and prayers for the deceased, are a testimonial of our faith in eternal life. Not only will your departed loved ones be treated with the utmost of respect, but those who are grieving will be offered support during this very difficult time. I encourage you to entrust Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes with your preplanning needs, as well as when experiencing the loss of a loved one.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
John P. Doland
Bishop of Phoenix