Hey there, Connect community! So a dear friend and sister in the Lord’s father recently passed away. I just returned from the funeral, yesterday, which consequently, happened to be a Buddhist funeral. The father, unfortunately, was not a follower of Jesus Christ. According to Buddhist ceremonial tradition, cremation of the deceased is standard. I watched as the the casket containing the body entered the incinerator. The very audible sound of it igniting along with the increased wails of the family – specifically my friend and her sister – were heartbreaking. However, the scene…the sounds reminded me of when the casket in western Judeo-Christian, traditional funerals is lowered into the ground. They were similar if not identical. The whole picture provoked this question for the lovely Connect community:
Is it wrong for a Christian to elect to get cremated upon their death?