Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines and Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life, Dating, and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Anointing of the Sick and end of life issues.
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Nicole Sonier-Hoe wrote:

Dear Fathers,

  • Once a person's body has been cremated, do their spirits remain attached, at least in part, to their ashes?

My father recently passed and his body was cremated. Our family will be hosting a celebration of life for him this coming weekend [at a local church] but my mother wishes to leave the urn with my father's ashes at home instead which, to me, just seems wrong.

I just feel his ashes need to be there as well, for:

  • his sake
  • the sake of his spirit
  • closure, and
  • everyone else too.

  • What does the Church think about this issue?

Thank you.


  { Once a person's body has been cremated, do their spirits remain attached, in part, to their ashes? }

Eric replied:

Dear Nicole,

We are just lay people, but I can confidently answer your question that the spirit of an individual, after death, departs for Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory (on the path to Heaven) and does not permanently remain with the cremains of the body.

The Jews believed that the soul hung around the body for three days after death but even they agreed that it departed after that point.

By the way, it is contrary to Catholic law and practice to retain the cremains in a home. They must be buried in a manner befitting a deceased person.


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.