General view of body during cremation process (superior view). Note the calcination of the vertebral spinous processes, vertebral ends of ribs, and medial border of the scapulae.
I was reading an obituary of a woman from Panama born in 1930 and with a very Catholic name, first and middle. The obituary, very short, says she was a great wife and mother. Then there is this little ditty: "no funeral services are planned, but a get-together at her daughter's residence!"
Chances are, this poor woman of Catholic heritage was either a "none" herself, or her children have become nones and could not be bothered with even a religious graveside service. Why? Because they are nones first, and secondly poor old mom was cremated and they'll do as they damn well please with with her ground-up bone fragments and any dental fragments, metal implants and the like along with those of many others previously cremated in the same oven. Who knows, many some ashes will go to family members, others be sprinkled in places she like or would have liked to visit or simply thrown out at the funeral director's discretion.
More and more when I read obituaries, no matter the religious affiliation of the deceased, there is this little coded language ditty: "Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date." This in fact means "THERE WILL BE NO FUNERAL!"
Although the obit I read this morning was more honest. It said "THERE WILL BE NO FUNERAL!"
What I fear the most is that Catholic nones are giving there practicing Catholic parents "NO FUNERAL RITES WHATSOEVER, NOT EVEN A GRAVESIDE" because cremation allows for whatever these nones want to do or not to do.
Is this a mortal sin and a scandal? And should the Church once again ban CREAMATIO? I say YES, YES, AND YES!