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"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep."   1 Thessalonians 4:13-15  NKJV

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Here is leaflet that was produced by an American funeral company that my be of interest...

 

Consumer Guide to Funerals  -  viewed in PDF

Since arranging a funeral is done so seldom in one's lifetime, most people are unaware of the purpose of many of the elements of the funeral ceremony. It is for this reason that Batesville Casket Company enlisted noted grief counsellor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, to help create this brochure.

 

 

 


 

 

Burial Vs Cremation The Biblical Perspective  an excerpt in the Maranatha Messenger by Norman Geisler.

 

The use of cremation in disposing of a person's remains after death has been sharply on the increase in our society. There is an increased discussion about the propriety of this practice, as it gains acceptance as a viable option. In light of these things, this seems to be the right time to examine what the Bible has to say on this subject.
The various possibilities for disposing of the body would normally include:
1) Burial or Interment in a sepulchre, which is like a crypt or mausoleum.
2) Burial in an earthen grave. This equates with our normal idea of a grave site.
3) Cremation: this may or may not include placing the remains in a grave or mausoleum.
4) Other forms of burial, such as burial at sea (which is getting popular in Singapore and some Asian countries).
Sometimes, either because the body was somehow destroyed at death, or was not recoverable after death (e.g. lost at sea) and hence, burial is not possible....

 

....How Important Is the Burial versus Cremation debate? Norman Geisler said that it depends on what importance one places on a proper practice of what one believes, especially appropriate symbols. In fact, only if one rejects important Christian truths does cremation make sense. This is precisely the position of liberal Christians, and it is a reason why cremation finds wider acceptance in their congregations. Yet Christianity is not left intact after such doctrines as the bodily resurrection are discarded or ignored (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:16,17). To reject symbolism is to say the thing it symbolizes is not important. A change on the use of symbol of burial and the anticipated resurrection of the body reflects a different understanding on some of the important Christian doctrines. It is analogous to burning a country's flag, which is a symbol of a country. To burn the flag is to undermine the country it symbolizes. Likewise, to bum the body can be construed as to undermine the dignity of the dead person and the God who created man in His image (Genesis 1:27; 2:7). Furthermore, it indirectly denies the resurrection in a symbolic way by making death seems final with cremation (though it may be argued that it is not meant to be).


Admittedly, there are circumstances where burial is not possible (i.e. Aids, Sars or bird flu victims, etc.). In those cases, we must do the next best thing we can do to preserve the original intent. In the Old Testament when a Jew could not keep the Feast of Passover on the first month because he was contaminated, he was commanded to keep it on the second month (Numbers 9:6-13). He was not to neglect doing it altogether. Likewise, even when cremation is required due to exceptional reasons (bacterial or viral contamination), it should be done with propriety and decorum with prayer committing the redeemed dead to God in a vigil service.

 

From the Christian perspective, burial is the pattern of the disposal of the redeemed dead established in Scripture and has been historically followed by the church. It should be pointed out that cremation if practiced is no hindrance to the act, or event, of the resurrection of the redeemed dead. God, in His omnipotence, is certainly able to reconstruct our same bodies in a glorified state. However, it does not follow from this, however, that cremation is an acceptable general Christian practice. While burial is an important established practice and symbol in Scripture, cremation is a poor symbol of scriptural truth. While cremation is not an intrinsic evil, it nonetheless symbolically vitiates some important biblical truths. In this sense, cremation is a hindrance to the promotion of resurrection truth and should not be a regular practice of Christians but only under exceptional circumstances. We thus conclude that all Christians should practice Christian burial unless extraordinary circumstances do not permit it.

 

See full article here in PDF    Edited by Jack Sin. Bibliography: See Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible, rev. & exp. ed. (Chicago: Moody Press. 1986, and John Davis, What about Cremation? A Christian Perspective (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1989)).

 

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