S.A. cemeteries receive inquiries about Pope's cremation proclamation

Local Catholics inquire about cremations

SAN ANTONIO -- Death is an unavoidable part of life.

Sister Therese San Miguel deals with plenty of funeral ceremonies. She's been a nun with the Franciscan Order for 50 years. She spends her time at San Fernando Cemetery II.

Sister San Miguel backs the Pope's recent announcement and agrees ashes are to be buried.

"Your loved one is whole. We're promised that by God. So, you can't just throw that around."

The Vatican said separating the ashes or scattering them is forbidden.

"People who don't understand really the communion of saints or do not have an understanding of the body, soul, God's creation and for some reason they're taking ashes and spreading them," San Miguel said.

The Pope also said ashes are not to be turned into mementos. Life Gems is a company that turns cremated remains into diamonds.

Mission Funeral Homes said Catholics can bury the ashes or put them in a mausoleum and have a different type of memento. An example could be a necklace with your loved one's fingerprint on it.

Kristin Tips, a representative for the funeral home, said people with ashes at home have been calling this week.

"It has increased the awareness of what people should do, especially planning ahead so that their kids even know what they want," she said.

In the sacred ground of a cemetery, under headstones, with statues and personal touches is where the church reminds Catholics to keep their loved ones.

Tips said Urns start at 100 dollars and go up. Sister San Miguel said if you have ashes that are separated, it's okay, just bring them back together and place them in a cemetery.

(© 2016 KENS)


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