Cremation or Casket

One of the strangest things that comes up after a loved one dies is burial or cremation. The “old school” of thought is that cremation is not Biblical. It’s not mentioned at all which to me means its a low priority and left to the individual and societal thoughts.

The Bible is clear concerning death and the mortality of the body. Genesis 3:19 says, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

The believer’s hope, whether we will submit our remains to burial or cremation, is that the body that is buried or incinerated is not the body that will ultimately dwell with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:35, 37, 42-44

When a body is cremated, the remains are burned to ash and may be buried in the earth, interred in a columbarium niche, kept by the family in an urn, or scattered.

Many people incorrectly believe that choosing cremation means that a traditional funeral cannot be held. In fact, choosing cremation in no way interferes with having a “traditional” funeral, and many cremations commonly take place after a traditional funeral has been held. Alternatively, you can choose to have a direct cremation followed by a memorial service at a later date.

FYI- There is no ban on cremation for members of the Baptist faith, and cremation may take place either before or after the funeral service.

So if you sweet little old aunt wants to be cremated. Honor her wish and move on. We will see her at the feet of Jesus.