Moral & Legal Disposition of Cremated Remains

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For an increasing number of people, the decision to cremate is simple. What they may or may not do with the ashes is a different matter entirely. While traditional burial is fairly straightforward, cremation opens up a world of choices for people planning for the future and their families. This decision comes with a variety of new concerns to address. By looking at the legal, religious and moral ramifications surrounding cremation, families can make the best selections for them and their loved ones' final wishes.

Moral & Legal Disposition of Cremated Remains

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For an increasing number of people, the decision to cremate is simple. What they may or may not do with the ashes is a different matter entirely. While traditional burial is fairly straightforward, cremation opens up a world of choices for people planning for the future and their families. This decision comes with a variety of new concerns to address. By looking at the legal, religious and moral ramifications surrounding cremation, families can make the best selections for them and their loved ones' final wishes.

Green Cremation: Disputing That Cremation Is Bad For The Environment

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As cremation trends toward the norm across the United States, critics come out of the chemically-untreated woodwork. Cremation is an unsafe practice, they say. The act of cremation emits dangerous toxins into the environment, and consumes huge quantities of energy simply to turn one body into ashes. While some of these complaints have a small nugget of truth, the misrepresentation of information is striking. Experts claim that cremation and use of biodegradable urns are actually far more environmentally-friendly than a traditional burial, particularly when modern technologies and new approaches are used.

Green Cremation: Disputing That Cremation Is Bad For The Environment

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As cremation trends toward the norm across the United States, critics come out of the chemically-untreated woodwork. Cremation is an unsafe practice, they say. The act of cremation emits dangerous toxins into the environment, and consumes huge quantities of energy simply to turn one body into ashes. While some of these complaints have a small nugget of truth, the misrepresentation of information is striking. Experts claim that cremation and use of biodegradable urns are actually far more environmentally-friendly than a traditional burial, particularly when modern technologies and new approaches are used.

Methods of Scattering Ashes

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Updated on 11/13/20

This article covers six different ways to scatter or bury ashes, including casting, burial in a trench, raking, scattering over water, aerial scattering and green burial.

Although there are certainly rules and laws regulating the disposition of ashes on land, water or in the air, your choices are largely left up to your own discretion. 

Methods of Scattering Ashes

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ash urn

Updated on 11/13/20

This article covers six different ways to scatter or bury ashes, including casting, burial in a trench, raking, scattering over water, aerial scattering and green burial.

Although there are certainly rules and laws regulating the disposition of ashes on land, water or in the air, your choices are largely left up to your own discretion. 

Cremation in the Jewish Tradition

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As the popularity of cremation expands throughout the United States, many religious scholars and clerics find themselves stuck in a conundrum. Within the next few years, cremation will likely become the norm in the U.S. Even in the Jewish tradition, where cremation has been considered taboo for centuries, congregations are dealing with more faithful members who seek cremation when they die. With research and new interpretation of religious texts, many rabbis have found a middle ground to allow Jews who have been cremated to have a proper burial in a Jewish cemetery. When the family observes the proper stages of mourning and keep a kosher burial plan, many congregations will honor their loved one’s request to be cremated.

Cremation in the Jewish Tradition

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As the popularity of cremation expands throughout the United States, many religious scholars and clerics find themselves stuck in a conundrum. Within the next few years, cremation will likely become the norm in the U.S. Even in the Jewish tradition, where cremation has been considered taboo for centuries, congregations are dealing with more faithful members who seek cremation when they die. With research and new interpretation of religious texts, many rabbis have found a middle ground to allow Jews who have been cremated to have a proper burial in a Jewish cemetery. When the family observes the proper stages of mourning and keep a kosher burial plan, many congregations will honor their loved one’s request to be cremated.

Aboriginal vs. Non-Indigenous Funeral Traditions Among Australians

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April 02, 2015 // Cremation Ceremonies

Around the globe, no matter where they live or how different they may seem, all people have some basic things in common. One of them is the eventuality of death and coping with the death of loved ones. How we cope with death is a defining characteristic of both our universal humanity and of our individual cultures; the rituals following death can vary greatly. Whether to bury, cremate, memorialize, or never speak of them again, each culture has developed its own way of dealing with the unfortunate but inevitable end of life. The aboriginals of Australia have an ancient and fascinating culture that is still very much alive in parts of the country today. Aboriginal mortuary rituals are as wide ranging as the country itself, due to the different cultural groups spread over the continent.

Aboriginal vs. Non-Indigenous Funeral Traditions Among Australians

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April 02, 2015 // Cremation Ceremonies

Around the globe, no matter where they live or how different they may seem, all people have some basic things in common. One of them is the eventuality of death and coping with the death of loved ones. How we cope with death is a defining characteristic of both our universal humanity and of our individual cultures; the rituals following death can vary greatly. Whether to bury, cremate, memorialize, or never speak of them again, each culture has developed its own way of dealing with the unfortunate but inevitable end of life. The aboriginals of Australia have an ancient and fascinating culture that is still very much alive in parts of the country today. Aboriginal mortuary rituals are as wide ranging as the country itself, due to the different cultural groups spread over the continent.