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Old 03-27-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Maryland, US
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Default Cremation vs. Burial

The religioustolerance.org site gives some background on the history and factors that have changed how we dispose of our dead. In the past, scripture favored burial as the preferred way by both the Jewish and Christian religions.

But times have changed and so have attitudes. According to the site, "most Christian groups now take a neutral stance." Do you think this is true? They also state how among Jews, "some rabbis in the Jewish Reform movement support cremation if it is the wish of the deceased." There was no mention of Islamic views on cremation, but it is my understanding that it is forbidden according to scripture.

Do you think that as society becomes more secular, cremation will become the preferred way of disposing of the deceased? Also, does religious scripture influence you in your own personal choice for the disposition of your remains?

CREMATION VS BURIAL: CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSY
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I think it comes down to price.....the corpse is but a dead organism.....and burying people is outrageously expensive.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I want a Viking Funeral.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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I want a Viking Funeral.
So does my DH, he already has it planned.

The open burn permits might be a little hard to get though.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Philippines
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The idea that the death of a person is his/her last selfish act perpetrated on the world haunts me.

Checked up on what the costs were in the U.S. Here in the Philippines, it actually costs more to be cremated than dumped into a hole.

Thought that some States had relaxed the burial laws so that, after obtaining the right permits, a person can bury his/her loved ones in the back yard, if they want to, in any form of casket or cloth or their choosing.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Sitting on a bar stool. Guinness in hand.
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I want a Viking Funeral.


I was thinking about just donating my body to science but.....that looks pretty AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I may have to reconsider.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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I was thinking about just donating my body to science but.....that looks pretty AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I may have to reconsider.
Just for the sake of curiosity, how do you plan on having you lit up! Archers with flaming arrows, Pagan priest with a torch, delayed ignition incendiary device!

The DH is still working on that last little detail.

As for me, a simple cremation. After that, just pour my happy ash into a clear Waterford crystal biscuit jar and put me near a sunny window. I'm just a simple country girl with expensive tastes.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Sitting on a bar stool. Guinness in hand.
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Just for the sake of curiosity, how do you plan on having you lit up! Archers with flaming arrows, Pagan priest with a torch, delayed ignition incendiary device!

The DH is still working on that last little detail.

As for me, a simple cremation. After that, just pour my happy ash into a clear Waterford crystal biscuit jar and put me near a sunny window. I'm just a simple country girl with expensive tastes.

Good question. If I would decide to have a VF, I probably have the towed out to sea a bit. (My home town is near the open ocean.) Far enough so there should be little problems. (I wonder what the rules are in international waters?)As for the starting the fire. Hmmmm. I like your idea of flaming arrows. That just adds to the experience. But then you definetly have to have to some type of quick acting excellerant in the boat to make sure it catches fire. Though most likely a delay type device that could start the fire would be the most likely senario.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Northern Va. from N.J.
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I was thinking about just donating my body to science but.....that looks pretty AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I may have to reconsider.
Most Vikings did not get set out to sea in a burning ship, it was to expensive, they were buried in rock lined grave in the shape of a hull of a boat.
If you were a well known warrior or important person everybody would do the dirty deed with your wife and then she would be killed and thrown in the grave with you; really I'm not making that up.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Not very 'liberated', were they?

A cremation for me. Less expensive, doesn't take up space, and so forth. I'll finally get to make a total ash of myself.
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