Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington

The Catholic Way of Death & Burial

Burial of Pre-Born Children

“The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not ‘produced’ by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.”
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 366

As part of the Universal Church, the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington, cherishes the life and dignity of every human person from conception to natural death and burial. Every action and procedure at the cemetery springs from this foundational belief.

Therefore, CCAW welcomes families who desire to bury the remains of pre-born children in sacred ground, following a miscarriage or stillbirth. Kindly contact a cemetery manager for respectful assistance with this essential ministry of the Church.