Choosing the type of burial to memorialize you or a loved one is an extremely important decision that should be discussed ahead of time. This topic was mentioned on a popular animated comedy called Bob’s Burgers, which follows the adventures of Bob Belcher and his quirky family as they run their restaurant. While selecting a burial option can be a somber subject to discuss, the writers of this show were able to make the conversation lighthearted and comedic.
The episode begins with Bob and Linda confessing to their friends that they have not made burial arrangements in the event of their passing. Their friends are shocked and explain the importance of having these details planned. After reading a pamphlet about burial options, Bob and Linda learn that they have completely different thoughts on where their final resting place should be.
Linda would like to be cremated and have her remains spread in an exotic place, whereas Bob would rather be buried in a cemetery so their children can visit them regularly.
The Catholic Cemeteries Association believes it is important to have these conversations so that you and your loved ones can make an informed decision you will all be happy with.
Just as Bob and Linda decide to make these decisions with the help of friends, the Catholic Cemeteries Association can help you pre-plan your own funeral or those of a loved one, so that you can be at peace with burial and funeral decisions. Pre-planning involves coordinating the details of your burial ahead of time. This can include reviewing your burial preference, purchasing a grave, and various other burial details. There are many ways that pre-planning can help you and your family, such as reducing stress, saving money, and giving you and your loved one’s peace of mind. The Catholic Cemeteries Association offers free pre-planning seminars at multiple locations to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.
While we don’t know Bob and Linda’s religion, we would like to discuss whether their choices are permitted by the Catholic Church. Linda’s choice to be cremated is a completely acceptable form of burial within the Catholic Church. In fact, many families are choosing cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. However, according to the Catholic faith, cremated remains are to be buried in cemeteries or other sacred locations only. There are benefits to being interred though, such as having a permanent graveside for visits and being alongside your loved ones, etc.
Many people assume that they have limited memorialization and burial options when they are cremated. This isn’t true. In fact, the Catholic Cemeteries Association offers an extensive selection including graves, community columbariums, private family columbariums, cremation pedestals, and cored granite boulders that have been adapted to hold cremated remains.
It appears that Bob Belcher was leaning towards a full body burial, also known as a “casket burial”. This is the most common form of burial. There are several in-ground and above-ground options available to an individual who is interested in a full body burial. Such as, graves, community mausoleums, family estate mausoleums, and sarcophagi.
The Catholic Cemeteries Association has recently started offering a third burial option. Natural burials are available to those seeking to be surrounded by nature eternally, whether they choose full body or cremation. This burial option is completely acceptable within the Catholic Church, and the process is like that of any other burial. However, natural burials typically require less materials, making it more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
We are happy the media is generating awareness and sparking conversation about the importance of burial choices. The Catholic Cemeteries Association is here for you, and we are happy to answer any questions that may arise from these conversations.
Written by: Paige Muttillo | Marketing Associate | Catholic Cemeteries Association