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The Catholic Order of Funerals Has 3 Stages:
1. The Vigil is referred to as the wake and is a time for grieving. The only death people can really prepare for is their own. The death of a loved one has a finality that cannot be experienced beforehand. The Vigil is the first ritual event after death. It deals with the rush of grief that death brings. It is a time to look back at all that will be missed, and to tell stories of all kinds, with tears, laughter, savored memories, and prayers.
Some Words about Cremation
Since 1963, cremation has been an acceptable option for those of the Catholic faith. When cremation is chosen, the Church expects families to seek an appropriate resting place for the cremains. The scattering or keeping of cremains at home is not the reverent entombment the church requires. Niches or graves are appropriate choices.
Holy Rood Cemetery
61 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-4635