6 Religious Perspectives on Cremation

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While traditional earth burial used to be far more popular than cremation, things have progressed to the point where both of these body disposition options are now neck-and-neck.  And cremation, according to some sources, is poised to become the clear leader. Even so, not all cultures and religious traditions are equally in favor of cremation. Some, in fact, ban it outright while other don’t encourage it. If your religious faith is important to you, look at these 5 religious perspective on cremation before you book a cremation in Strongsville, OH.  

  1. Anglican

The Anglican denomination within Protestantism is accepting of cremation as is much of Protestantism. If you desire, you can combine the cremation with a traditional funeral service.  

  1. Buddhism

Buddhism accepts cremation as a body disposition. If cremation is pursued, monks in attendance can lead ceremonial chanting. But if there are no monks in attendance, then the family of the deceased can lead the chanting. The family can collect the cremains the day after the cremation.  

  1. Eastern Orthodox

Cremation is expressly forbidden in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The belief is that cremating a body is an indignity to the body and that deceased Christians ought to be buried in the ground.  

  1. Catholicism 

The Catholic Church used to be against cremation, but it has since softened its stance on the practice. While it still prefers traditional earth burial over cremation, it permits Catholics to be cremated. The cremation ashes should be buried beneath the earth, buried at sea or put in a columbarium. The ashes are not to be scattered, however.  

  1. Presbyterian

While the denomination has no official rule prohibiting cremation, it does not actually support it either. The preferred practice is to bury the intact body via traditional earth burial.  

  1. Muslim

Cremation is not permitted by Islam. The body must be buried intact. According to Islam, the body of the deceased needs to be cleansed, shrouded, prayed over and buried beneath the earth.  

As you can see, different religions have different perspectives on cremation as a body disposition. So if your religious beliefs will determine what body disposition you choose, it pays to research what your religion teaches on the subject matter. That way, you can make an informed choice that’s in line with your religious and cultural beliefs.  

Arranging for the funeral of a deceased relative can be a surreal experience, but at All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, Inc., we have what you’re looking for in a Strongsville, OH cremation services provider. Contact us at (216) 631-4500 or stop by our office at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135 if you’re looking for a death care services provider that really does care. We specialize in helping grieving families to plan death disposition services for their family members. Let us know how we can help to make your burden lighter. Our professional staff are experienced at providing compassionate customer service that puts the needs of you and your family first. 

Patrick Mahoney