What Do the World’s Major Religions Say About Cremation Services?

Posted on December 16, 2019 by Steve Cochran under Cremation
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cremation services in Blairsville, GAIf a person wanted to get cremated about 50 years ago, they often had to go against the belief system of their religion to do it. That’s because many religions weren’t on board with the idea of people utilizing cremation services in Blairsville, GA. That has changed a lot over the last half-century or so, though, with many major religions now coming around to the idea of people being cremated. But not all religions are ready to give in and let people be cremated. Here is what some of the world’s major religions have to say about cremation services.


For years, most branches of Christianity fought back against people’s desire to be cremated. Today, there are still some factions of Christianity that aren’t allowing cremation. But for the most part, Christianity allows Blairsville, GA cremations and even encourages them in some cases. You should find out how your specific branch of Christianity feels about cremation before planning out services.


For a long time, Catholicism wasn’t accepting of cremation at all. But about 50 years ago, they finally started to allow Catholics to be cremated if they wanted to do it. But they did list a few stipulations. For starters, they asked people to go through the normal funeral process prior to their bodies being cremated. They also asked for families to bury their loved one’s remains following their cremation if they were a Catholic.


While Christianity and Catholicism have both come around to cremation, Judaism has not budged in the slightest. Jewish people are not permitted to be cremated following their death. In fact, they need to be buried and they need to be buried as quickly as their families can get them into the ground. Jewish tradition calls for people to be buried within 24 hours of their death unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevent it.


Much like Judaism, Islam isn’t ready to embrace cremation in the least. The religion forbids people from requesting to be cremated and asks instead that they be buried quickly just like with those in the Jewish faith. It’s unlikely that Islam is going to come around to the idea of permitting cremation anytime soon, either.


There are very few religions that require cremation, but Hinduism is one of them. Those who practice this religion must be cremated at the time of their death, and oftentimes, their families are asked to play a key role in their cremation. Hindus believe that cremating a person’s body frees their spirit so that it can make its way to a spiritual dimension.

Cochran Funeral Home and many of the other Blairsville, GA funeral homes have seen an uptick in cremations over the years due in large part to the fact that many religions have started to allow them. We expect this trend to continue as more religions embrace cremation as an option. Give us a call at (706) 632-5968 to make funeral arrangements involving cremation or come learn about our other funeral options at 3911 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

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