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Answer: First of all, Canon 1176.3 states, "The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burial be retained; but it does not forbid cremation, unless this is chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching."
The Church stipulates only that the cremated remains be treated with respect. If you are planning on shipping the remains, I would suggest that a trusted person be charged with carrying the cremated remains with him/her on the plane, rather than ship them "air freight." Piety and common sense suggest that disposition, although Church law has no such regulations.
In most places in our country, the cremated remains may not be shipped unless accompanied by three official documents: the death certificate from the medical doctor verified by the coroner; the permit from the registrar, who was notified by the coroner, allowing cremation; and the certificate from the crematorium.
posted by Father Tom Shea