**My mom was just talking to me about getting some life insurance for her and my dad so that my sister and I won’t go bankrupt trying to pay the ridiculous costs of a funeral (and who knows how much it could cost in 20 or 30 years:eek:).
Now to the problem…neither of my parents are religious. They would both like to be cremated but NOT have their ashes buried. They would like them either spread somewhere or kept at one of our homes in an urn.
I explained to my mom how that would go directly against my beliefs. I think I did an ok job of explaining how we (as Catholics) need to bury our dead to respect the fact that they are not just dust. They need to be in Holy/consecrated ground. Am I even right??? As a fairly new catholic I don’t have a huge grasp on the things that I have not yet had to deal with directly. I just know that cremation is permitted but that the remains still need to be buried…can any help me understand more of the “why?”
Has anyone been in a family situation like this? How did you handle it? Any thoughts or advice would be really helpful to me. No one wants to think of their parents dying, then this adds a whole 'nother dimension of discomfort:( **