The well avowed atheist Maeve Binchy chose cremation sensibly instead of the usual costly charade involving expensive (and never to be seen again) boxes, competing with crocodile tear distributors and dreary chatter over long deceased desert itinerants.
I cannot help but feel let down that she still bought into, at least a part of this thankfully evaporating fiasco.(She had a church service too).
The Catholic church had for most of its history, viewed cremation as the ultimate insult, the burning of the “temple of the holy spirit”.
It seems now,only to have an issue with where the cremated remains are stored. A mantlepiece or grand cinematic gesture ,of emptying the urn across a favoured spot just will not suffice.
The new Catechism of the Catholic Church, which devotes hundreds of words to some subjects, matter-of-factly devotes only 20 words to the topic: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body” (no. 2301).
But back to Maeve. Was it a bow to once held cult beliefs or a hedging of bets at deaths door? Was it to appease family members or cater to her fans?
Either way, I know this is the way for me. My brain and spinal cord are going for FA research anyway. Its a corpse, a useless shell!
Useful page on cremations in Ireland.