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We recommend that all miscarriage burials take place in cemeteries versus at a person's residence.  It avoids future issues which may arise when moving your residence or when a home burial site needs to be disturbed. Please contact your cemetery to find out what their burial policies are.  We recommend that you show the cemetery personnel the burial containers you intend on using prior to your purchase.  Many cemeteries allow burials of miscarried babies at the head of cemetery plots which you own (or a relative owns). Also, many cemeteries offer small, reasonably priced plots in a "Baby Garden" for this type of burial.

If you decide a cemetery burial is not feasible, then a home burial may be your only option.  Be sure to check the laws in your area which may govern this. Assure prior to digging that your burial site is not over any underground dangers such as buried wires, gas lines, etc.  Also, be sure to mark your burial site with some sort of permanent marker.  You may consider burying a large metal object a few inches under the ground over the burial site so that it can be detected with a metal detector at a later date.

Religous variations in burial:
It is difficult to find the traditions for burial and/or cremation for each faith community. Sometimes there are variations with each church.  Please ask your minister for specifics.  We were able to find the information below on burial and cremation in the Catholic Church.

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The Catholic Church's position on Cremation:

The cremation instructions call attention to the care taken of the cremated remains. They should be treated with the same respect we give to the body of the deceased. The remains are to be placed in a worthy vessel which then is carried and transported with the same respect and attention given to a casket carrying a body.

Their final disposition is equally important, say the instructions: "The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium [a cemetery vault designed for urns containing ashes of the dead]. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires." The instructions also state that, if at all possible, the place of entombment should be marked with a plaque or stone memorializing the deceased.
Taken from
http://www.americancatholic.org/newsletters/cu/ac1097.asp

The Catholic Church's position on burial of baby from miscarriage or stillbirth.
CCC 2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
A funeral is permitted for an unbaprised infant
CCC 1684 The Christian funeral is a liturgical celebration of the Church. The ministry of the Church in this instance aims at expressing efficacious communion with the deceased, at the participation in that communion of the community gathered for the funeral, and at the proclamation of eternal life to the community.

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