I'm no shrink but something is amiss here. From Asylum UK.
Widow eats dead husband's ashes
(Aug 12th 2011) It can be hard getting over the loss of a loved one, and for 26-year-old Casie it was no different when her husband Shawn died after suffering a sudden and severe asthma attack.
Well actually that's not strictly true, we guess it is a little different... because Casie consoles herself by compulsively eating her dead husband's ashes.
That's right, the young widow says she can't stop herself from dipping her finger into her husband's urn and taking a lick of his remains.
It all started when she was transferring the ashes from a temporary cardboard box into an urn and spilled some of them on her hands -- not wanting to "wipe him away" she licked the ashes from her finger.
After this initial tasting she began to munch on Shawn's remains more and more often, claiming to find comfort from the odd behaviour -- something which earned her a spot on the reality TV show, My Strange Addiction.
And just in case this behaviour wasn't strange enough, she also takes Shawn everywhere with her. Whether she's popping to the supermarket, going to the cinema or even a restaurant, she takes the ever decreasing ashes with her in an unwieldy black box.
(There's a video at the link if you really must know more)