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Old Dec 11, '12, 12:58 pm
Jude Cecilia Jude Cecilia is offline
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Default Cremation and what can be done after.

My husband's grandmother, Mary, recently passed away and her remains were cremated. My in-laws are not Catholic and very matter-of-fact people and we as a family are a little weird, so around the time of her death, there was a very comical discussion of what to do with cremated remains. We shared strange stories of what other people have had done with their ashes, had a good laugh and a good cry, and all went home.
Trust me, this tangent informs my question.
I told a dear friend of mine about this conversation, as she and her husband are a little weird, close to my family, and mourn Mary as well. My friend had a story to add that she thought may have been a joke when she first heard about it, but we looked it up and it's real. Apparently you can send your loved one's ashes to a company and have them made into a diamond.
Mine is a yes or no question, that you've probably already guessed; are we as Catholics allowed to do that?
It's just morbid curiosity that has me asking... this has been obliquely nagging at me for days. The whole idea has quickly become a running joke to us, really, but I'm at the point where I *really* need to know!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I understand that not all questions get answered for the forum, so if all this did is provide a good laugh, I'm glad to be of service.

Old Dec 18, '12, 8:59 pm
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Devon Caffran Devon Caffran is offline
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Default Re: Cremation and what can be done after.

The following link should assist you in better understanding the Catholic Church's teaching on the norms for proper cremation and burial of ashes. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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