Vatican officials explained that Catholics can be cremated if they want, but their friends or relatives are not allowed to spread the ashes or keep them in urns at home. According to the Vatican rules, the ashes should be kept in a cemetery. There are a lot of people who choose this option instead of being buried.
After their loved one was cremated, their relatives and friends are taking into consideration more options. Some of them would share the ashes between. There are some people who would even wear the ashes in jewelry to have with them a memory of the person who died. Most of the times the ashes are spread. The family decides for one of the favorite places of their loved one. It could be the sea, a crowded place or at home. Of course, there are some people who like to keep the ashes in urns at home.
Cremation is really popular among Americans. There are millions of people who said they would choose cremation instead of being buried. The Vatican decided to agree with this process. Moreover, in 1963, the Vatican officials explained that even the person will be cremated, there is no reason not to have Catholic funeral rites. This proves that the Church is trying to understand its followers and to give them more options.
Vatican officials want to make sure that people understand the meaning of cremation. In the past years, more individuals started to believe that nature is more important than religion. The Catholic Church does not agree because that our energy can’t be found in nature. This is why Vatican asks people to take into consideration the cremation process only if they have trust in religion.
The Catholic Church understands that sometimes cremation is more efficient than being buried. Economic or social reasons are making more people choose this option. Even though Vatican does not agree with spreading ashes, people still do it. Moreover, many companies are offering people different options if they want to do this.
Vatican rules improved in the last years and they understand more the needs of their followers. The Pope proved to be ready to make some changes, according to the times we live. However, there are still things that will never change. If you are Catholics, you should think again before spreading the ashes.
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