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Kent County Catholics React to New Cremation Guidelines

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DOVER, Del. - Some local Catholics say they believe the recent guidelines for cremation by the Vatican that include not spreading ashes or keeping them in homes this week are acceptable.

The new guidelines, released earlier this week, encouraged burials but acknowledged that an increasing number of people are using cremation. It said that cremation ashes belong in cemeteries or "sacred places," like a mausoleum.

Many people keep ashes in urns inside their home or spread them somewhere the deceased considered meaningful, as part of a last wish.

John Vogler of Dover said he thinks the Catholic Church's decision should be respected.

"I never did think it was right for them to be scattered. I thought that was sacrilegious, really," he said.

The church has said it prefers burials because they allow people to remember and mourn the dead as a community. Susan Robinson of Milford said she agrees.

"I like being able to go and visit and I want people to come visit me," she said.

The announcement comes roughly a week ahead of the All Souls Day, when Catholics traditionally honor the dead. The Vatican began allowing cremations in 1963.

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