‘Why is burial is better than cremation?’ is one of the most often asked questions. If you’re not sure, we’ve put together a list of burial perks to help you decide. There are many reasons why someone may choose burial over cremation, however the reasons listed below are the most frequent.
Why Is Burial Is Better Than Cremation?
Here are 10 explanations why is burial is better than cremation.
1. Burial Is More Environmentally Friendly
Environmentalists are concerned about modern burials, although almost all of their objections revolve upon embalming and the usage of metal caskets. Cremation is not preferred by environmentalists since it emits mercury and other contaminants into the air and consumes a large amount of fossil fuels. Instead, environmentalists around the world prefer ‘green burial’ (with no embalming or metal caskets). Surprisingly, burial requires very little land, yet there is plenty of it available.
If every American was buried, it would take 10,000 years to cover just 1% of the country’s area – and few cemeteries would survive that long. In addition, Jews make up barely 1.5 percent of the population! The idea is that there is enough of land available, with the majority of it located within 1-2 hours of major cities.
2. Burial Brings Closure, Whereas Cremation Frequently Brings Sorrow
While there are no data, anecdotal evidence suggests that many people eventually regret their decision to cremate their loved ones. It aches because there is no closure. There are no such regrets with burial. The family says their final farewells, escorts the casket to the cemetery, and frequently takes part in the burial. They believe that their loved one’s body has found a permanent resting place, that the soul has returned to its Creator, and that the grieving has done the right thing. They are aware that when they return to visit, they will be visiting a loved one.
3. Burial Honors Our Departed Loved Ones
We show the body care and concern by burying it. Gently display our thankfulness and respect for the body that housed the soul and permitted it to survive – and love – in this world, rather than seeking to swiftly burn it and get rid of it. We show our love and respect for our deceased loved ones’ bodies — and thus their lives – by burying them.
4. The Monotheistic Option Is Burial
Burial is far more common in monotheistic society, but cremation is more popular in pagan, polytheistic, and ‘post-Christian’ communities. We are joining others who believe in God by choosing burial.
5. Burial Ties Us To Jewish Culture
Although both alternatives (and many others) were available to Jews for over 3000 years, they chose burial over cremation. Tacitus, a Roman historian, described Jews as “burying rather than burning” their dead. The Bible frequently mentions burial, especially the burial of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Burial honors and honors the body that housed the soul. Cremation is a serious Jewish sin, while burial is a requirement. Choosing burial means announcing, “I was born a Jew and I will die as a Jew,” regardless of how devout you are or are not.
6. We Do Not Burn Wonderful Things, Only Terrible Ones
When you despise something and wish to entirely eliminate it, you traditionally burn it. This is why the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was tragically burned (twice), and conquerors burned historic cities to the ground. Ironically, not long ago, cremation and the dispersion of ashes were used as a form of punishment for the most heinous criminals, demonstrating that their memory and impact would be erased forever. From Abraham to the Holocaust, our enemies have sought not merely to destroy us, but also to deny our very existence through the use of consuming fire.
When compared to burial, when their pets die, children bury them in the backyard rather than burning them. We bury the things we cherish. As a result, Jews go to considerable measures to bury Torah scrolls, precious items, and even human remains.
7. Cremation Is Artificial, Whereas Burial Is Natural
While pressing the cremation button appears to be simple and straightforward, the reality behind the oven door is rather different. A body burns for two hours on average, with larger bodies needing considerably longer. Body fluids bubble, muscles contract and expand, and the brain heats up.
When compared to burial, Decomposition is a natural process that all living things go through. Burial honors the natural cycle, and our bodies return to the Earth that has given us so much. Burial is a peaceful, natural, and dignified process. Cremation is a raucous, nasty, and violent process performed on our loved ones’ bodies.
8. Burial Has Significance And Is Permanent
There is no physical memorial to the dead if ashes are scattered. If ashes are maintained, other issues arise: how long will the urn be stored? Will you transport it when you relocate? Will the grandchildren inherit it? The news is full of stories about mistakes and bad behavior, and one person’s ashes are the same as another’s.
9. The Dead Are Remembered And Respected In Healthy Cultures
In Western society, there is a trend to abolish death. Funeral services were shortened. Not-so-visible tombstones flattened Alternatively, cremate and disperse the ashes so that no one needs to attend the cemetery.
It’s a dangerous trend. Death is an inevitable aspect of existence. It must not be dismissed or denied. Burial symbolizes a peaceful acceptance of death, as well as the promise of a future rebirth. Cemeteries are essential for healthy societies because they maintain the memory of those wo have passed alive, keeping us connected to one another and reminding us of our own mortality.
10. The Cost Of Burial Is Justified
Cremation is typically less expensive than burial. Burials can be made cheaper by arranging ahead of time (“pre-need” payments in installments), and in a pinch, funeral home, chevra kadisha, the community, and family members can usually cut costs and/or assist make up the difference.
Choosing burial leave a permanent cemetery or mausoleum for loved ones to visit whenever they need to. Many people find that having a designated location at a cemetery where they may physically visit their loved one helps them cope with their grief. Some people regard visiting a loved one’s grave at a cemetery to be a sacred experience that allows them to feel connected to them.
It gives significance and stability. It brings solace to mourners, heirs, and the soul. Monotheism – or Judaism – is the option. It’s sensible and secure. It is the best option.