People who follow different religions may have opposing views about cremation. In some religions, followers expect their loved ones to get cremated. Other religious groups strictly forbid cremation. Knowing more about cremation and religion can help you make the best decision for yourself or a loved one.
Simple Cremation of New Jersey wants to ensure our cremation services meet your religious beliefs. Call 973.434.7441 today to learn more about our New Jersey cremation services and how we can accommodate your needs.
What to Know About Religion and Cremation
The following list represents our understanding of popular viewpoints within major world religions. Here’s what to know about religion and cremation.
Most Baptist churches have an open perspective on cremation. Although scripture doesn’t forbid cremation, some Baptists interpret passages of the Bible in a way that makes them wary of cremation. More specifically, they may wonder how they can rise from the dead if their bodies have been cremated. However, no authority within the Baptist church has ruled for or against cremation, so practitioners can make the decision they feel comfortable with.
Many Buddhists do not follow prescribed rituals. Instead, they use Buddhism to perceive and behave in the world. As such, Buddhists have the freedom to choose between cremation and burial. Many Buddhists prefer cremation because writings say that Gautama Buddha was cremated after his death.
Historically, Catholicism has had a negative opinion of cremation. For hundreds of years, the church could use cremation to excommunicate believers, denying them the holy sacraments required to enter Heaven. However, the Catholic church softened its negative opinion of cremation during the 20th century. It officially changed its position, allowing followers to get cremated without consequences.
While some religions accept cremation, Hinduism promotes it. For centuries, Hindus have followed Antyesti, a funeral process that ends by placing the deceased’s body on a cremation pyre. According to some Hindu beliefs, fire helps separate the soul from the body so the soul can continue its journey. Hindus still practice traditional Antyesti in parts of the world that allow it. Those living in areas that ban public cremation have adapted by delivering the bodies of loved ones to licensed crematoriums.
Traditionally, Jewish people believe that their bodies and souls will reunite in the future. Because of this belief, they avoid cremation. However, most members of Conservative and Orthodox Judaism give an exception to those cremated against their will. In such an instance, the cremated remains can receive a Jewish funeral and burial. Not all Jewish people believe God forbids cremation, though. Reform Judaism, for example, doesn’t put much emphasis on burial rites, leaving the choice up to individuals and families.
The Mormon Church encourages its followers to choose burial over cremation. It doesn’t, however, have specific rules that forbid cremation. Few Mormons choose cremation because it does not fit into their family and religious traditions.
Seek Religious Cremation at Simple Cremation in New Jersey
Simple Cremation in New Jersey understands that religious viewpoints and personal opinions can affect whether someone chooses cremation or burial. For some people, cremation sounds like an environmentally friendly option that they would prefer over burial.
Our team can work with you and your loved ones to find a service option that respects your beliefs. For example, you might want to consider having a viewing and religious service before cremation. We can adapt to practically any belief system because we understand the connection between the end of life and religion.