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Worrying Whitney wrote:

Hi, guys —

My mother passed away a few days ago. I live far away from her. I was on the phone with my siblings as they sat with her body, waiting for the coroner and funeral home personnel.

In my grief, I asked for a lock of her hair, which they cut for me, but now I question whether it is wrong to take and keep any part of a deceased person's body.

  • If it is wrong, how can I correct this situation?

Please help.


  { Was it OK to ask for a lock of my mother's hair and if it was wrong, how can I correct this situation? }

Eric replied:


There is absolutely nothing wrong with this.

This is a wholesome, venerable, and time-honored tradition called "taking relics." We take and venerate relics of saints, even their bones since these have been known to work miracles.

Read the following passages related to relics:

Rest assured, you are good, and may your mother's memory be eternal!

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