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Old 03-13-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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How does religion view disposing a dead body by cremation? Some permit the practice while some forbid it. I see it as a way of accelerating a process that in time will happen anyway. Wikipedia has a good write-up on it. Do you think the process is disrespectful to the deceased, as suggested by some religions?

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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How does religion view disposing a dead body by cremation? Some permit the practice while some forbid it. I see it as a way of accelerating a process that in time will happen anyway. Wikipedia has a good write-up on it. Do you think the process is disrespectful to the deceased, as suggested by some religions?

Cremation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This issue separates religions and beliefs on the basis of their carnality or spirituality. The more carnal . . . the more wedded to the physical and our bodies. The more spiritual . . . the less concerned about the physical and our bodies. The difference is spiritual "milk versus solid food," IMO.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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This issue separates religions and beliefs on the basis of their carnality or spirituality. The more carnal . . . the more wedded to the physical and our bodies. The more spiritual . . . the less concerned about the physical and our bodies. The difference is spiritual "milk versus solid food," IMO.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I've brought up this question myself quite a long time ago and a number of religious individuals don't feel we should be cremated for reasons based on their religion. My sister is one of them, she also doesn't want to be cremated and I think it has something to do with the idea that their bodies are supposed to be resurrected. I don't understand how a bag of bones in a suit is going to fare any better than a box of ashes but apparently some people think they will.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I tell my wife funerals are for the living.

When I kick the bucket, I've told her to do whatever makes her fell best.

I've suggested burying me in our garden.

I think I'd make good fertilizer.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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My kids and grandkids have spoken..No cremation for mom/mamaw..I already have a top shelf in a mausoleum..all paid for.....so be it..

Personally I see no reason to attach a religious belief to an empty shell that is of no use to the living or the person who once occupied it..
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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To me, once I'm finished with my body, what's the point of rotting in the ground, or worse, levitating above ground in a mausoleum for a couple hundred years? At some point they'll probably bulldoze the mausoleum for a new highrise anyway. It seems to me that we might as well get rid of a dead body as quickly and cleanly as we can.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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I've brought up this question myself quite a long time ago and a number of religious individuals don't feel we should be cremated for reasons based on their religion. My sister is one of them, she also doesn't want to be cremated and I think it has something to do with the idea that their bodies are supposed to be resurrected. I don't understand how a bag of bones in a suit is going to fare any better than a box of ashes but apparently some people think they will.

So what kind of religious reasons did they actually give? If it's just a matter of a future resurrection, what difference would it make? If ground burial/resurrection is the primary concern, then what happens to people who accidentally die in a fire, or dies in the wilderness and is eaten by scavangers, or someone who drowns at sea, and is consumed by sealife? Would they be denied a resurrection? Personally, I think it has to do with an individual's own unfounded fears - that being cremated is like being sent straight to hell. Or maybe it's a fear that somehow you might not be completely dead and end up feeling your body being burned alive.

I agree, even with ground burial, your body is still going to disintegrate.
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