As I type this today we have an extended family member dying in a memory care facility in Texas. Perhaps that's the reason this article caught my eye about the Vatican issuing guidelines on cremation.
I am not Catholic so I have to admit it strikes me the wrong way to have the church tell me what I can and cannot do with the cremains of a loved one.
On the other hand I'm also put off by "companies that offer to load cremains into shotgun shells so that family members can take them on turkey hunts."
I think I'm okay with anything in between those two extremes. My thinking has morphed a great deal over the years. I grew up with funerals and memorials, all with a Christian influence. I thought I was progressive when years ago we decided to be cremated.
Then I moved to Oregon. Here it's quite acceptable to have no service of any kind. It's also acceptable to gather in a bar or other public gathering place to tell stories and remember someone who's died.
It's important to remember, whatever you do, it's all about the feelings of those that mourn your passing and not the departed.
Do you have any strong feelings about what takes place after death?