The causes of the accident are yet to be investigated.
"We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organize", said one family member who asked not to be named.
As families await results from the investigation, the airline is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of Ethiopia's past rulers are buried under its pink stone spires. However, authorities say they will issue death certificates within two weeks.
The return of remains - most of which are charred and fragmented - would take up to six months, the papers said, but in the meantime earth from the crash site would be given.
Preparations are underway to begin DNA tests to identify remains of the 157 people killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines last week, authorities announced at a Saturday news conference.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said regulators had new data from satellite-based tracking that showed the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.
While Boeing Co.'s stock took a hit in light of the worldwide grounding of its 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, Canadian airlines have not seen their stocks dramatically dragged down this week.
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered all Boeing 737 Max planes used by US carriers grounded until safety concerns are addressed.
Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft.
Air Canada has 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft out of 184 narrow-body planes in its fleet. Engineers are making changes to the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.
However, Aimer said, after a certain point the Ethiopian Airlines plane's fate was sealed.
In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, United States pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response.