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In the West Coast, where cremation rate is the highest in states like Caliorinia, and in south Florida, for example, cremation has risen from less than 10% to more than 60% in two decades. (For more information, see the diy funeral resources link to the left)

In most states a container for cremation is not required, more update on this later There are several choices if one wishes a container- such as a wicker casket.

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From the Bible we read of the burning of a dead body too. However the preferred method was burial - even carrying Joseph's bones out of Egypt. "Even in difficult circumstances God's people in olden days practiced burial. For example, Joseph's body was kept for over 400 years in Egypt and then his coffin was carried through the 40 years of wilderness wanderings before being buried in Palestine, the promised land. "And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence." (Gen. 50:24-25). "And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you." (Ex. 13:19). "And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver..." (Josh. 24:32). PALESTINE FACTS Tomb today.

Cremation is reducing a body by fire to “expedite” the process of turning a body (sometimes called a corpse (human) or cadaver) into dust. In America, it is required one body at a time, never even consider mixing or "comingling" the ashes of one deceased person with those of another. Put in a retort and burnt at a temperature of 1400° to 2100° Fahrenheit (760° to 1150° Celsius) "A commercial crematory operator will burn a body for an extended period to remove all traces of carbonized flesh, i.e., to whiten the bones. Time to consume the body is about an hour and a half, although the larger bones require further processing afterwards. Even so, such processes only extend the total cremation time to between two and four hours."

Ř It is estimated that less than 5 percent of American families choose cremation, but in Japan and England over half the families take this option.

For services at the Catholic church - research shows "preference of the body to be present at the funeral liturgy, with cremation and committal of the remains taking place afterward. If cremation has occurred before the funeral, the preference is for the cremated remains to be present at the liturgy, then committed. Third in order of preference is committal followed by the liturgy. Cremated remains should receive the same respect and reverence as a body in their carrying and disposition in a final resting place, always in a cemetery or mausoleum, never scattered or kept in a home. ( I am not Catholic, however this is the first I had heard this.)

As they make their final pilgrimage from life through death to fullness of life in God, Catholics today who choose cremation can find their place in the words of the church's funeral liturgy: "In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our sister, and we commit her earthly remains to their resting place, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. . . ."

Many other religions permit cremation as well. It ends up being a really personal choice, one's own preference for final say of what happens to the body -
below or above ground burial of the body, or not.
And, if cremation, many prefer to keep the ashes at home, until a burial of spouses can occur together. (Or funds to have burial and marker as one wants). Or sometimes, there is the consideration of perhaps a move in the future, then a wait for burial or internment happens then.

List of religions that permit cremation
Baptist Church, Buddhism, Calvinism, Christian Science, Christian Churches of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Hare Krishna, Hindu, Jehovah's Witnesses, Liberal Judaism, Lutheranism, Methodism, Moravian Church, Mormons, Presbyterianism, Roman Catholicism, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventists, Sikhs, Society of Friends (Quakers).
List of religions that forbid cremation
Greek Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Judaism, Parsees, Russian Orthodox Christianity, Zoroastrianism. We understand the Bahai Faith also is a religion that does not permit cremation and also has a special way of burial.

Perhaps a more common trend is that some people are opting for cremation over traditional interments. A practice employed in less than one in 10 funerals only 25 years ago, cremation is now favoured by more than a third of Canadians.

Be sure your loved one knows what your choices are, and more than in just a will. Talk about your funeral wishes so you can prevent disputes or unfullfilleded desires. No one can fight from the grave - and in many states, the 'rights' of that person dies with them.

Shipping of cremains Cremated human remains may be mailed if they are packed in a sift-proof container or other type of container that is sealed in a durable outer container. The U.S. Postal Service requires that the package be sent as registered mail with return receipt services. Cremated remains cannot be sent by overnight express mail, regular mail, or certified mail (United States Postal Service 1999). United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express prohibit the shipping of cremated human remains.

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