Planning ahead again to help me feel less stress about finances. My dad cashed out his life insurance years ago and now he has none. He is on Medicaid and my parents have very little money. My mom has a policy that I think will cover most of her funeral expenses. But I'm not sure about my dad.
I checked out the local Catholic Cemetery and the least expensive option that doesn't include cremation is $8,000. That doesn't include the funeral home (it looks like around $3,000 for that). Nor does it include any costs for a Catholic Mass, etc. I'm making the assumption that he would not want cremation (which is less expensive). He and my mom are conservative Catholics.
I want to honor my dad's wishes, but this is a lot of money for me to have to spend out of my own pocket.
He is a veteran and he could qualify for burial in a national cemetery, but I don't know if they fit within the Catholic Requirements for burial. Does anyone happen to know?
So become a member of a local parish. It is preferable. You don’t have to have a funeral at funeral home if you don’t want.
The options are a viewing at the church for just a couple of hours before mass or a graveside service, (shorter than a funeral mass) at the cemetery. You can rent casket if you don’t want to buy if you are going to cremate but want a viewing. The Catholic Church does approve of cremation and that is cheaper.
If you do a funeral home it will cost more, but if you do then the priest can say mass at the funeral home. We did that for my dad.
We did graveside service at cemetery, no viewing at church, for my brother who was cremated.
Most people give clergy some money, (donation to church) Catholic clergy or Protestant too. This isn’t mandatory but recommended. You can call church secretary and she will tell you the range that most people pay.
My uncle was Catholic and WW11 vet and the veteran cemetery was important to him. Do the veteran cemetery. You will save money, honor him for his service, receive a flag which is a beautiful tribute and very meaningful to those who served.
Catholics do not require that you are buried in a Catholic cemetery. A veteran cemetery is acceptable. Like I said if you really want to keep it simple just do a graveside service at the cemetery. The priest will meet you there. Sometimes it’s a deacon if the priest can’t make it.
Hope this info helps. Best wishes to you and your family.
We had our mother’s funeral prepaid. I am pretty sure the funeral director arranged the Catholic mass as part of his fee because the only thing I had to do was meet with the women at church a day or two prior to choose the hymns. That was 6 yrs ago. We had a viewing only the night before the Mass & burial. It cost $10000 in 2016. We already had the plot from when my dad died. So if it’s a new grave, that too costs.
Fast forward to today. My brother passed away 6/8 &I had to cremate him. I am having a Catholic burial Mass for him next week. I arranged the Mass myself and it is not free. I am having an organist, singer and the priest and the fee for the organist and singer individually is $150 apiece.
For me, cremation is the way to go. Those fees vary state to state. Initially the blood sucking funeral director who called me less than 24 hrs after I found out my brother passed who informed me they would handle it for $4-5K. I told him that he was crazy & what my bottom line was and he called me back the next day stating he had been “authorized “ to charge $2500. I never returned his call.
I have 2 more things to check on - whether my brother’s cremains have to be in an urn for the Mass, and flowers.
If I want my brother’s cremains buried with my parents it will cost $1000 to dig the hole and place the ashes.
Funerals are one huge rip off, if you ask me.
Everything extra costs $ planning a funeral. I again applaud you for thinking ahead. When my mom did pass away the funeral home came to retrieve her quickly and we had no Issues whatsoever.
I do believe a VA Cemetary will allow a priest to come to the grave for the final Catholic blessing.
Best wishes to you!
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Cremation and Urns do not need a Burial Plot and all Cemeteries have areas for the Urns. At the moment, my DH's ashes are still on my hearth and at home. You can even hold your mother's ashes (or your father's, whoever goes first) and they can be interred together in one Urn. The Crematory will put the ashes into a temporary plastic urn and you can keep them like that indefinitely. You do not have to purchase an Urn right away.
I have a plot and a tombstone already, but I am not ready to do anything with my DH's remains - so they sit safely on my hearth for the time being.
That being said, it doesn’t hurt to speak to a priest. Some priest are more liberal and make exceptions.
At our church we do the charitable thing, the parish will pay for it if the family cannot afford it. So by all means, speak to your parish priest.
One of our members, "Old Sailor" says that there are National Cemeteries that allow regular burials. There is no cost at a National Cemetery. At a County Vet cemetery, the plot is free but you have to pay to have it opened. Plaques are at no cost.
Not sure what you mean about requirements of being Catholic? Being buried at a National or County Vet cemetery only means you don't have to worry about the cost of the plot and stone. If not cremated, you still have to pay for the funeral home getting the body ready, the viewing, and services. The VA does not pay for this.
Do not "make the assumption that your father would not want cremation because he and your mother are "conservative Catholics' ". I remember when it was a "sin" to be cremated. I also remember when a suicide victim was not allowed to be buried in "holy ground" which caused horrible torment to their families. I have a family member who had burial plots in a mausoleum in a local cemetery. She and her 2nd husband bought "slots' in a columbarium at their church but sold them because the thought of their mother being cremated was too painful to her 6 children. Fast forward to the time when one of the young grandchildren passed away. The mother of the grandchild didn't want her child to be buried in the ground and be eaten by maggots. Now all of the family members are going to be cremated and placed in a columbarium. And these are very conservative Catholics. Catholics have been cremated in Europe for centuries because of not enough land to bury all of the dead. In New Orleans, people apparently have a "lease of sorts" for space in the above ground tombs. When another person needs to be buried, I understand the original bones are pushed to the back of the tomb until there are so many bones from subsequent burials that the tomb is emptied out.
If your father insists on you going into debt to bury him in the "style" he wants, he is a terrible father. It's not your fault that he wants a Cadillac burial but can only afford a Ford burial. It reminds me of the parents where when one of them is dying, makes the remaining child (usually a daughter) promise to NEVER place the other parent in a nursing home. In the huge cemetery in my city, there were originally a Jewish section, Catholic section, etc. But that is no longer the case. But a priest can "bless" the individual plot if the family wants to make sure that their loved one is in holy ground. Talk to your father and talk to his priest. I cannot believe that either of them would tell you to go in debt. I think the Veteran's Cemetery is a wonderful idea. Your fathers remains can be near his "band of brothers". In our State Veterans' Cemetery, volunteers put out Christmas wreaths on every single grave. Hope this helps.
May he live forever! - but when your father does pass away he won't be the first devout but impoverished Roman Catholic to require a properly observed, dignified funeral. Ask the cemetery, or better yet ask your father's priest, where the family might find assistance.
I would be very surprised if veterans' cemeteries do not cater for all religious denominations. Certainly I know that armed forces generally have been respectful of such things for at least two centuries, but I don't know what constraints might apply in national cemeteries specifically.
We are a Catholic family. My uncle was a WW11 vet and he was buried in a veteran cemetery. It’s nice. The church has no objection. It’s a nice way to honor veterans and they each receive a flag to be placed on their casket. The flag is sent home with the family after the funeral.