When does a body become a remain?
Today, I have heard various reports, some talking about Rosa Parks' body, others about her remains.
"The Senate approved a resolution Thursday allowing her remains to lie in honor in the Rotunda..."
"When they learned Friday night that Parks’ body would lie in honor in the Capitol, Cunningham’s wife said, “We have to go.”"
Many skip the distinction, saying simply that she will "lie in honor."
Is there a distinction? To me, remains suggests ashes, or something more gruesome. I must be off here, though, since it seems a fairly common way to refer to the body of one who has passed.
Hoping someone else will do the research, I wonder if it has to do with bodies that are not immediately buried, but are on view for a period.
Finally, as I got into this post I realized it might seem inappropriate. I do not mean to diminish the legacy of a civil rights pioneer by quibbling semantics. This is simply a straight question of usage that had never occurred to me before today.