A short follow-up:
Between bureaucracy and CV19, taking care of Mom CB's final wishes has been a challenge.
Despite proper PoA's, Wills, and specific instructions, cremation in the DR, not to mention the cremation of a foreigner, is fraught with issues.
According to DR law, as has been explained by Blandino (who are fine people to deal with), the living spouse has to approve, and if the spouse is deceased or incapacitated, ALL the children must accept. In our case, for numerous reasons, this is impossible, not to mention all legal matters are delegated to me.
At issue is cremation was not specified in either the PoA or the Will, although it is defined in a document outlining precisely what steps I, as executor, will take upon Mom CB's death. Many know Mom CB and know what a notorious OCD list and instruction-delegator she was, right down to what words are redacted when the instructions are given to certain parties.
So it has taken 12 days for Blandino and the US Embassy to finally sign off on the cremation and repatriation of the ashes to the U.S.
And now no church in Santiago will hold a mass because of CV19.
So my advice for those who want cremation in the DR: prepare a notarized document specifying your wishes to be cremated, so there is no doubt. This instruction can be a stand-alone document or in your will. It can even be placed in your PoA document to extend that power into your death (or so I am told.)
And keep in mind that all remains to be cremated will undergo a mandatory autopsy. I don't know if this is the case in the states.