Our belief in earthly death as the entrance into eternity, our hope in the resurrection, our reverence for the body which remains, and our Christian love of neighbor calls us to exercise great care in the burial of the dead and to extend consolation to the living. In our exercise of the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead we show reverence for the body which was the temple of the Spirit.
The Christian care with which we exercise our pastoral responsibility for the burial of the dead and our administrative responsibilities for the care of our Catholic cemeteries is a witness of our Gospel faith. Our Catholic cemeteries assure the orderly burial of the body, the continued care of the site of burial, and help to hold the deceased in our memory and prayers. The Church has always considered the Catholic cemetery to be a holy place in which reverence and respect are given to the remains of the faithful departed. The Catholic cemetery is a place of devotion and of prayer for the souls of the departed.