During Christmas celebrations at my sister’s house this past weekend, someone brought up the issue of cremation. I could instantly tell that my mother thought the practice to be something akin to suicide, and that anyone who chose that route would be committing a mortal sin. After I argued for a few moments, I asked my mother if she would honor my wishes if I specified that I wanted to be cremated (I don’t, but that’s not the point). She emphatically said no.

While recounting the conversation to my father yesterday, he laughed at the absurdity of it all… before informing me that he also would have a problem with cremating my body.

Honestly, I don’t like the idea of it either, but I would put my personal feelings aside if I knew a loved one wanted to be cremated.

Author: Brian

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10 thoughts on “Cremation”

  1. Why should cremation be a mortal sin? My body will be dead anyway, so I’d prefer it to be cremated rather than eaten by bacteria and worms. When I’m dead, I want to be cremated and buried under a tree. No grave, no flowers, just my ashes fertilizing a nice birch or ginkgo, whatever.
    I don’t get this “the body shouldn’t be harmed” at all – I don’t need my physical body any more after my death. Otherwise, any victim of terrorist attacks or accidents would feel quite effed up if they were told: “Sorry, no entrance through the Pearly Gates for you, you look like Irish Stew.”
    Yes, I’m quite graphic about this. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, it’s just my way of thinking ;)

    1. Anke, I just found this in my spam folder. Didn’t want you to think I took this long to approve it!

      I actually asked if they thought people who burned up in house fires wouldn’t make it to heaven, but they said no because they couldn’t help it. *shrugs*

      1. Heehee, I thought it might have landed in Spam because it didn’t show up on your site ;)
        It’s a difficult topic, and there is certainly no Right or Wrong we could know about. After all, once we’re dead we’ll not be able to return and verify or falsify the “facts” our religion(s) tried to teach us.

  2. Just curious, did they elaborate as to WHY they felt so strongly against it, to the point of overriding your own wishes? Just curious why some people have a problem with it.

    1. Mom said something to the effect of “burning up your body doesn’t mean your soul isn’t going somewhere.” I think she feels that people are choosing cremation because they want to avoid the afterlife. I don’t understand it. She said if God intended for us to be cremated, he would have put it in the Bible.

      Not sure about Dad’s reasoning, but I think he views it as desecrating a corpse.

  3. Thanks, Brian. I may write a book :-) I find that most people who oppose it would consider themselves (Evangelical) Christians and do so for a wide variety of reasons. As for the Bible, if God didn’t “put it in the Bible” perhaps the stance of the divine is one of neutrality :-)

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! I know it will be a mixed-bag for all of us, but hope yours is great. Happy New Year!!

  4. That’s funny, we ended up talking about cremation on Christmas day as well @ Dan’s parents house. I do wish to be cremated and I’ve already let family know that if they don’t honor that choice, I will come back and haunt them til they die! :)

    As for it ‘not being in the bible’, she does realize that there are A LOT of things not in the bible and/or there are MORE books of the bible that aren’t actually included. I’m sure she will dismiss both those ideas but wanted to throw them out there. Happy New Year!!!

    1. Yeah, we also discussed the missing books of the Bible and I explained that the Bible we currently use was put together by the Roman Catholic Church. That really blew their mind. They even said “Catholics don’t use the same Bible we do.” I had to explain that it’s the same Bible with a few extra books. ;)

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