What is the History of Cremation?
Cremation has been practiced for thousands of years. References to both cremation and burial can be found in the historical writings of both ancient Rome and Greece. During these times, when cremation was practiced, it was customary for the cremated remains to be buried or entombed.
Cremation was prohibited fro Christians in the late Roman period because destruction of the body conflicted with the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body. This prohibition stayed in effect until the 1960's
The first recorded cremation in the United States occurred in 1792.However, the first crematory was not built until 1876. Cremation did not become a common practice in the United States until the 1980's
Are There Religious Objections to Cremation?
Most Christian denominations do not object to cremations; however, traditional Jewish and Islamic law prohibits cremation as a form of disposition. Until 1963, the Catholic Church prohibited cremation. Since 1963, Catholic rules regarding cremation have been liberalized. They now allow a funeral mass to be said before cremation if the body is present in the church. They also allow a mass after cremation with or without the cremated remains in the church.
If I Choose Cremation, Can I Also Have A Funeral or Memorial Service?
There are many different services to choose from that can be combined with cremation with cremation.