Cremation is an increasingly popular choice that more and more people are
considering when they visit a funeral home and are
pre-planning funeral arrangements. One question people often have for their funeral home is whether cremation
is compatible with their religious beliefs. Different religions hold different
views on the appropriateness of cremation and when the cremation should
occur. Here is a look at some of the many religious perspectives on cremation.
For most of its history, the Catholic Church frowned on cremation. However,
in recent years, the church has reversed that stance and now allows cremation
for Catholics. In most cases, individual churches prefer that cremation
is performed after the funeral mass, so that the body is present for the
service. After cremation, the church requires that the remains be buried
or entombed rather than scattered.
There are different outlooks on cremation within the Jewish faith. Orthodox
Jews do not believe in cremation, and Conservative Jews usually frown
on the practice. However, some Conservative Jews do choose cremation,
as it is not specifically forbidden, but a rabbi will generally not take
part in the internment. Reform Jews allow cremation, and rabbis in Reform
sects will perform funeral and internments for cremation.
Many Christian churches, including Lutheran, Methodist, and Baptist, support
cremation and allow followers to choose it over burial without any impact
on the kind of funeral services they have. Presbyterians are an exception
to this rule. There is no church policy against cremation, but it is generally
Cremation is strictly forbidden in Islam, as it is considered desecration
of the body. Embalming and autopsies are prohibited for the same reason.
The only changes that may be made to a body after death, according to
the tenants of Islam, are those changes that are necessary for organ donation,
which is generally permitted.
Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is adept at helping families make funeral
personalized funeral plans that specifically honor their loved ones’ religious and cultural
traditions. Seek the support you need with planning funeral services and
coping with grief by calling our funeral home in Chicago, IL at (773) 846-6567.