Last year my brother died. We are baptized /confirmed Catholics but have not practiced the faith in 45 years. I just returned recently, had my marriage blessed in the church and attend mass and confession regularly. My brother did not in his adult life.
He died last year, a homeless and destitute alcoholic. I had his remains cremated and they were shipped to me. His 3 adult children all wanted the remains, which I mailed to them. I then learned they scattered his ashes in a secluded glen they used to go fish.
It never dawned on me to check with the church. I’m wondering if this in any way might have affected his heavenly disposition.