Can you imagine this? I read in PARADE (Sunday, April 20, 2008) that there is a new trend--taking your loved one's ashes and incorporating them into things. No longer is it fashionable just to distribute them, but now you can have them put in synthetic diamonds, glass balls and pottery!
As if that weren't bad enough, apparently we now also have man-made reefs on the ocean that contain human ashes as well.
The Catholic church allows cremation (as long as it isn't a protest statement of sorts), but the remains must be cared for with dignity and respect--no wide distribution--especially on ocean reefs and in diamond rings!
One of the things I absolutely love about the Church is its respect for the sanctity of human life. Even human remains are given that extended dignity. To distribute human ashes as this article described is very wreckless--even if a solemn occasion is made of the event. Simple piety and a few prayers, when offered, will never elevate such an occasion to a sacred act.