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Joselino Tuazon wrote:

Hi, guys —

Here in the Philippines, cremation is now becoming a common alternative for interment. I know that even if the body of the deceased is cremated, the ashes in the urn must be placed in an ossuary or niche.

One time I went to visit a friend's place and discovered the ashes of his grandmother, who died and was cremated three years ago, were just placed in the cabinet where books on the shelves were kept.

My questions:

  1. Can the ashes be kept in the home for as long as those left behind want them there?
  2. Where is the proper place for the ashes?
  3. What are the guidelines of the Church on this?


  { Is it proper to keep the ashes of a loved one in our home? }

Eric replied:

Dear Joselino —

This is not proper.

The cremains must be treated with the same respect as a body and buried, either in the ground or above ground in a mausoleum.


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