When I die, do not cremate me!

You haven’t backed up your claim “Cremation for a Catholic is only legit in times of war or famine or some other calamity where the bodies are piling up and becoming a public health concern.”

The language you use is a far cry from “earnestly recommends”. Stop asserting things that are blatantly false.

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It’s okay, Mark of Rome. That was old Church practice. Last in canon law of the 1700’s as I recall. I clarified current law w a follow up post.
Yes, as I posted, the Church today . . . certainly . . . recommends burial over cremation.

There you go again. The Church doesn’t “insistently recommend” burial over cremation. Earnestly and insistently are not the same. A Catholic may choose cremation over burial as long as it is not done for reasons contrary to Christian teachings. End of story.


Donating one’s body to science is the only truly cost free method, not accounting for the good deed by assisting our fellow man!

I just want to give something back to the scientific community, of which I have enjoyed the fruits during my lifetime. What happen to my remains is of abslutely no concern for me. I also have no desire to have my remains protected from nature.


No. I did not.

Maybe not always. A dear friend donated her body to science, and 2 years later, when their work had been completed, her ashes were sent back to her family, thus requiring burial and associated fees.

… It wasn’t until a Reuters journalist called him, years later, that Stauffer discovered the truth. His mother’s body had never been used for brain research. Instead, it had been sold to the US Army for blast testing, despite the fact that Stauffer had explicitly forbidden this type of research in a signed consent form.
In 2016, Reuters found out that including Stauffer, more than 20 dead bodies donated to the BRC were sold and used in military blast experiments. In many cases, consent for this type of research had not been given, and others had no idea what they were getting into.
Today, 33 people, including Stauffer, are suing the centre for using their loved ones’ remains without dignity or respect, according to the Arizona Republic .

It’s not clear how many other corrupt body brokers are out there, but BRC is not alone. As part of the Reuters, it was found that a body broker in Portland, called MedCure Inc, had sold or leased roughly 10,000 body parts from US donors annually, shipping about 20 percent of them overseas.
While transplant organs are not allowed to be sold in the US, no such federal law exists for cadavers or body parts being used in research or education. In fact, it is currently legal in most US states to sell donated human bodies for this very thing.

A Reuters journalist was able to purchase the spine of a disabled young man whose impoverished parents believed that they were only donating small tissue samples from their deceased son.
Quartz visited the suburban Oregon office of a dentist-turned-amateur-cryonicist who kept a refrigerator full of human heads for self-taught experiments. He’d purchased them for a few thousand dollars each from a body-donation agency whose website claims to supply “qualified research and education institutions for the purpose of advancing the design of medical implants, therapies, and surgical technologies.”

Some people do not understand that donating one’s body for research does not mean your body will go to an anatomy class.

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It also has to do with cost Nigel. If one of my family died today and we didn’t own a grave plot you would be looking at a bill of close to £10,000 to sort everything out. Most people haven’t got that sort of cash. A reasonable funeral in the UK is at least £4,000, a burial plot in any large city will set you back around £4,000 to £5,000. Add on costs like a wake/reception and you are looking at a huge bill for many people.

Camoderator is the moderator’s account for the forums, if they change something in your post that means they saw something objectionable in it. Discussing moderator decisions openly is not allowed, if you disagree you need to contact them.

To be blunt you made claims you couldn’t support regarding cremation and then backed of from those.


I plan to be cremated due to cost. I do not have $10k or more to pay for a burial and I think it’s a waste of money. I dislike wakes and viewings at funeral homes and I do not want anything like that when I die.

When my mother died a few years ago she wanted to be cremated so that’s what I did. The cemetery where my father is buried wanted $4500 to open my mother’s plot to bury her urn. I thought that was outrageous and told them so.

I bought a niche in a columbarium for $3000 with room for my mother’s urn and for mine when I die. The cremation cost $1000. I made a donation to my parish for my mother’s funeral Mass. So, a “low cost” funeral with cremation was still over $4000.

My desire to be cremated has nothing to do with disrespect of the body or anything pagan. My ashes will be placed in an urn and put in the columbarium which is beside a very nice Adoration chapel. I love going there to pray because I can see my mother’s niche from the window in the chapel.


It’s my understanding that you can be cremated but it needs to be a proper burial or permanent resting place, so not doing things with the ashes like making glass ornaments or jewelry out of them, and not keeping them in your home.

My mother asked for cremation. But she was a devoted Catholic, she passed away suddenly and we knew she would have wanted a proper funeral Mass, so we did have that with a casket prior to cremation so people could have a viewing. That said, a family friend had floated some suggestion of spreading some of her ashes after cremation with my father’s when he dies, and I was absolutely LIVID because I had this conversation with my mother, she knew the Church didn’t allow spreading of the ashes and I knew she wouldn’t have wanted that at all. I was really distressed and I talked to our priest about it and I said I didn’t know what to do if my father went ahead with this. The priest made some comment about trusting that “God will find a way to put them back together” and for some reason it really struck my funny bone hard. Probably because I was grieving and under stress. Fortunately nothing was spread and her ashes were given a Catholic burial.

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