Kannur: Family to cremate Catholic believer’s body instead of burying it

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Laisama Sebastian

Kannur: Marking a new epoch among Kerala’s Christian community, a Catholic believer’s mortal remains will be cremated, instead of burying it, on Tuesday in Kannur.

Mele Chovva native Sebastian’s wife Laisama Sebastians’ body will be cremated at Payyambalam on Tuesday at 4 pm. Sebastian, who has always been a reformist in his perceptions, decided to cremate Laisama’s mortal remains. His relatives and the church backed the decision.

Laisama, who was a member of the Puthiyaparambil family in Mananthavady died on Saturday. Though the church has allowed cremating the body, the believers were unwilling to cast off their age-old custom.

Sebastian stated that he was trying to think in accordance with society's progress. "Fire purifies everything, so cremation on a funeral pyre is the best way to say goodbye to mortal remains. Paying a huge amount for burying a body is not acceptable to me. No one has asked me for money. Still, I am trying to show a model for the new generation. Mele Chovva church authorities have extended their full support. Before cremation, all the rituals will be conducted according to church rules,” said Sebastian.

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