Cremation Placement Principles

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries subscribes to the following principles for final disposition of cremated remains and has enacted these specific regulations —


The following placement regulations and general policies insure that cremated remains are buried or entombed in a place that provides for distinguished and adequate memorialization of the deceased —

  Two cremation urns can be placed in a full-sized grave, in a companion niche, or in a single crypt
  One cremation urn can be placed in a niche or in a partial-sized grave


  We do not place an urn in a crypt or grave already occupied by a casket burial
  We do not recommend the placement of an urn inside a casket
  We do not place urns on top of an existing burial
  We do not place urns in any space not designated or consecrated as burial space
  A cremation vault is required for all in-ground urn burials

A completed Burial Rights Assignment Form is the best way for an original owner (a married couple exercises joint ownership) or their heirs to clearly define whether a burial space will be used for full-body burial or cremated remains, and by whom. This Form can be completed with no charge by contacting the appropriate Cemetery Office. This work can be done by mail too.

A Tradition of Comforting Concern

Mailing Address
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries
7301 West Nash Street
Milwaukee WI 53216


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