Catholic cemetery Rules and Regulations chart a course of mutual protection for all these groups and the individuals within them. They are intended to help sanctify the memories of those buried within the cemeteries and to create an environment within the cemeteries which awakens faith and brings consolation. The enforcement of the rules assists in protecting the cemeteries, creating and preserving their beauty, and ensuring that the interests of all concerned parties are equally addressed.
Three audiences are considered in exercising the Corporal Work of Mercy known as the burial of the dead.
- Those who are buried, entombed, inurned
- Survivors and visitors
- The Catholic church itself, its rituals, disciplines and procedures, cemetery management and all support staff