Cremations and Religious Traditions

Among the many questions that are associated with cremation, one that is frequently encountered involves religious aspects. While the rules and recommendations from each religious group vary greatly, many people are surprised to find that cremation is generally well-accepted among the most common world religions.

As far as most Christian religions are concerned, cremation is deemed an acceptable form of disposition. The main concern for most Christians is what happens before and after the cremation. Catholics prefer that the body be present during the Mass of Christian Burial or the Blessing Service that takes place before the cremation. After the cremation has taken place, Catholics teach that the cremated body should be buried in a grave or placed in a niche in a columbarium at a cemetery. Continue reading