Cremation is now popular but only to those who can afford

MANILA — A Catholic priest said that cremation is now popular but only those who belong to class A and B in the society could afford it.

According to Fr. Roy Bellen, Communications Officer, Archdiocese of Manila, some people choose cremation for their departed love ones and placed them in a church-run or privately-owned columbarium.

“Ngayon meron na mga simbahan na may columbarium. I would say its gaining popularity but still more of class A and B. Supposed to be mas mura dapat ‘yan…dito hindi…ang nakakaafford nyan ‘yung medyo maykaya,” he said in an interview.

Bellen added, “Hindi biro ngayon ang columbarium. ‘Yung simpleng tao can’t afford sila diyan. ‘Yung columbarium magaganda mga lugar e. Pero sa mga class C,D,E medyo hindi pa din…burol pa din…”

With this, the official of the Archdiocese of Manila reminded the people that keeping the ashes of the dead in the house is not right since it will be very difficult for the living to let go.

“Ito ang hindi tama. ‘Yung iba para makatipid icremate tapos ilagay sa bahay. Kapag nasa bahay pa ang patay mo how can you let go? Ang patay at buhay iba na ang lugar niyan e,” he explained.

Bellen added that there are places for the dead people.

“Part of letting go hindi pa din nagsisimula kasi nandun pa din siya. Temporary pwede but it has to be put in a place and dignified for a dead person. You have to let go and move on with your life,” he said.

Likewise, the Catholic priest noted that the scattering of the ashes to the sea, or other places as requested by the departed is not right.

“Hindi din pwede ‘yun. In fact ‘yung scattering of ashes ang simbahan payag sa cremation provided na ‘yung mga basic Christian tenets hindi macompromise,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a new instruction on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.

It reiterated that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places. Ferdinand Patinio/