Terri Schiavo’s Estranged Husband Still Withholding Burial Information

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 7, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband Michael has still not told her family about where Terri’s cremated remains have been buried, despite a court order to do so.

Members of Terri’s family appeared on Fox News Channel’s "Hannity and Colmes" on Friday and said that they have no idea where Terri has been buried.

"They were supposed to tell us, and we still have not heard from … Michael Schiavo where Terri’s been laid," Terri’s brother Bobby said on the program.

"Our family expected this," he added. "Michael has disobeyed court orders throughout the ordeal and continues to do so today."

Michael has planned to hold his own funeral service for Terri and to bury her remains in a plot he owns somewhere in suburban Philadelphia. However, he is not required to divulge the location of her burial plot until after the service.

In mid-April, Michael’s brother Scott told the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper that no burial arrangements had been made.

Over objections from the Schindler family, Michael cremated Terri’s body after she died from a painful 13 day starvation and dehydration death.

Terri’s parents held their own memorial for their daughter last month.

Hundreds of supporters of Terri and her family attended a memorial service and mass at a southwest Florida Catholic church. At least 800 people attended the service and an overflow crowd sat in folding chairs outside or stood as the service played on a loudspeaker.

"She showed us how to live. She showed us the gift of life and how we should share it," Rev. Thaddeus Malanowski said. He was the priest who had visited Terri for years at her hospice along with her family.

Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri’s sister, said Terri had "shown the world what perseverance and determination are all about."
"Your smile brought us great joy," she said. "You have shown the world what perseverance and determination are all about. You didn’t want to give up but God called you home, and he loves you more than we do. I miss you."

Father Frank Pavone, the director of the pro-life group Priests for Life also spoke at the service and said the tragedy that happened to Terri should prompt people who supported her to work to protect the disabled.

"God calls us to go forth from this place to work together, to preach and witness together so what happened in this tragic case will never happen again," Father Pavone said.

The results of the Pinellas County medical examiner’s autopsy on Terri’s body are expected in two to three weeks.

Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org