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What are your thoughts on cremation?

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Misunderstood, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. DavidMcCann

    DavidMcCann Well-Known Member

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    Modern cremation, as opposed to a Hindu-style pyre, is very wasteful of energy. I want a green funeral: bury me in the woods in a cardboard box so that I become plant and animal food.
     
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  2. Subduction Zone

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    Yes, we don't want to pass on diseases from one corpse to another. Pretty soon every corpse that you see will be that of a dead person:eek:
     
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  3. Hockeycowboy

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    It’s the way I want to go.

    FYI, there’s nothing in the Scriptures that shows preference for one or the other. Without spinning it, that is....there’s always someone!
     
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    Just curious...is anyone here interested in cryopreservation, or maybe planning to go that route?
     
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  5. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Personally I will have my remains interred in a cemetery as most of my family has done.

    Baha'is generally reject cremation. One of statements by the Bab in the Bayan regards respecting the remains of the deceased:

    "As this physical frame is the throne of the inner temple, whatever occurs to the former is felt by the latter. In reality that which takes delight in joy or is saddened by pain is the inner temple of the body, not the body itself. Since this physical body is the throne whereon the inner temple is established, God hath ordained that the body be preserved to the extent possible, so that nothing that causeth repugnance may be experienced. The inner temple beholdeth its physical frame, which is its throne. Thus, if the latter is accorded respect, it is as if the former is the recipient. The converse is likewise true. Therefore, it hath been ordained that the dead body should be treated with the utmost honor and respect."

    Persian Bayan V, 12.

    Abdul-Baha on cremation...

    "And briefly stated, beyond this, although the human soul hath severed its connection with the body, friends and lovers are still vehemently attached to what remaineth, and they cannot bear to have it instantly destroyed. They cannot, for example, see the pictured face of the departed blotted out and scattered, although a photograph is only his shadow and in the end it too must fade away. So far as they are able, they protect whatever remainder they have of him,be it only a fragment of clay, a tree, or a stone. Then how much more do they treasure his earthly form! Never can the heart agree to look on the cherished body of a friend, a father, a mother, a brother, a child, and see it instantly fall to nothing -- and this is an exigency of love."

    ~ Abdu'l-Baha, Wisdom of Burying the Dead
     
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