EWTN Catholic Q&A
re- your answer about cremation
Question from Irene on 05-29-2013:

The questioner's plans were fine- with the exception of spreading ashes.

ccording to the Order of Christian Burial:

"The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium (site for storage of cinerary urns). The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires."

Burial at sea is permitted, however. A person’s cremated remains “may be properly buried at sea in the urn, coffin or other container in which they have been carried to the place of committal.” (OCF 416)

Answer by Judie Brown on 05-30-2013:


Right on. I added the correction to my response.

Judie Brown