Which is better - Cremation or Burial ?

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  1. dranjesh profile image39
    dranjeshposted 14 years ago

    Every year more than 50 million people die worldwide. The two main forms of funeral rites adopted by most are either cremation or burial.

    The Parsis (Zoroastrians) in Mumbai, India, a small community, leave their dead out in the open in the Towers of silence to be consumed by vultures.

    In the past some civilizations would embalm their dead in the process of mummification.

    Now the question is :
    Can the method of disposal of the dead can contribute to or alleviate the distress that the ancestor has to go through in the subtle realm ?

    Which is better - Cremation or Burial ?

    "Through spiritual research methodologies, we have examined the effect of some of the main modern types of funeral rites from the point of view of helping our ancestors in the afterlife."

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    1. RKHenry profile image64
      RKHenryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Vultures?  Are you kidding me?  Hell no, no way!  I know I'd be dead and all, but if someone left me to the vultures, I'd be well on my way of making their lives just as miserable as my death.  Vultures?  That's nasty.  Gross.

      1. Shil1978 profile image87
        Shil1978posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        What happens when you are buried you think? Decomposition is nasty as well - if you chose to watch the process of it.

        1. RKHenry profile image64
          RKHenryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Fire is just fine with me.

    2. mohitmisra profile image59
      mohitmisraposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The Parsis consider this as the last act of charity. smile

      1. mohitmisra profile image59
        mohitmisraposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Makes no difference to me.Its just dust anyways,will be gone.

  2. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 14 years ago

    I think I would rather just not die but being mummified sounds cool.  Probably a crime nowadays though.  Sucks you know, you gotta pay to be alive and you gotta pay when your dead.

    Money, money, money ugh!  I don't honestly really care what happens to my body when I am dead, I personally wont be in it.

    1. Shil1978 profile image87
      Shil1978posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Would never want to be mummified for sure. Wouldn't want people to see me that way - all shriveled up with my insides being sucked out, ugh!!

  3. darkside profile image70
    darksideposted 14 years ago

    1) There's a beach in Newcastle where I'd like my remains scattered.

    2) But I don't want to be cremated.

    1. Jewels profile image80
      Jewelsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      But you don't want your body chopped up and scattered?

  4. Misha profile image62
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Won't they stink then? Or is this exactly your purpose? wink

    1. darkside profile image70
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You got it!

  5. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    no embalming, mo cremation - people should be buried fresh and free so all their goodness can rot into the ground and revitalize their surroundings.

    i really believe that, is that weird?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image92
      Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Actually there are some places like this. I think I read f one in N.California-- in a beautiful forest. No casket, as I recall. Perhaps a cardboard box, or unfinished wood.

      1. countrywomen profile image59
        countrywomenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        The thought of the body lying in the serene Yosemite area is so peaceful and wonderful (especially in fall season when the flowers would fall and cover the body) smile

        1. profile image0
          sandra rinckposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah my mom says she would like to be left on a snowy mountain.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    Since we are running out of space everywhere in the world I would say cremation is the best way to go.

  7. AEvans profile image76
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    I prefer burial as I am not a bit thrilled about my body being burned, although I do know I would never know it, or so they say.smile

  8. kerryg profile image84
    kerrygposted 14 years ago

    I want to be cremated. As a good gardener, I am very fond of worms, but I am not interested in being eaten by them.

  9. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 14 years ago

    Francis Drake style, burial at sea:

    Slung atween the round shot in Nombre Dios Bay,
    And dreaming all the time of Plymouth Hoe.

  10. lawretta profile image51
    lawrettaposted 14 years ago

    Well as for me,i will like to be buried the old fashion way. In a casket and put 6fit in the ground, wearing my bridal gown.

  11. VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA profile image61
    VENUGOPAL SIVAGNAposted 14 years ago

    Cremating is the practice of caste Hindus. This may the best way to keep the earth clean. If burried, the flesh, bones, nerves, blood, etc. decomposes and creates a lot of small creatures. That place of burial will remain useless for a very long time, indeed for decades. Even afterwards, the bones can be unearthed in some places.  This will make drinking water unsafe. Cremating, that too electric cremation is best.  But leaving a body on the rooftop for vultures is certainly not good. Dead or live, it was once the body of a man... how can we tolerate it being bitten by vultures and others?

  12. mugshot profile image59
    mugshotposted 14 years ago

    Cremation happens alot in the UK, this started around 120 years ago and is the outcome of the fact that there is just no consecrated land to bury all the dead nowadays and what land is available costs a small fortune.

    Religious beliefs before this time in the UK was that people had to be buried as close to a church as possible and those who had done criminal wrong were purposefully not buried on consecrated land so their spirits would not rest.

    Things changed when consecrated land ran short and the religous leaders had to convince the UK people that cremation was okay. 

    All my family that have sadly passed (God bless them) have all been cremated but I hope to be buried in the small village of Kozarsko in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. The burial ground is on a hill overlooking the village in the foothills of the Rhodope mountains.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image73
      Lady Guinevereposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I would like my body parts to be utilized to save lives and then cremated.  Religions tend to forget that the body is ashes to ahsed sust to dust.  Dust it came from and dust it shall go.  The soul and mind lives on.

  13. crusador profile image74
    crusadorposted 14 years ago

    cremation or burial doesn't make any difference to a dead. Each and every particle of the body has to go back from where it orginated. Ultimately everything is to get mixed in the soil and this way several nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium etc. shall be added to the soil and utilized by plants and living beings. Crematiom shall result in loss of few nutrients. Decomposition is the best way of utilization by soil microbes and all living things.I'm convinced that something that has lost it's utility shouldn't occupy any space on this earth.Hence, cremation is the best choice.

  14. compu-smart profile image89
    compu-smartposted 14 years ago

    This topic brings me to a subject that's always in my mind with many people being killed, either by murder or accidents where bodies cannot be recovered, and because of this, I think we should all consider alternative funeral arrangements if this does happen to us!

    For example. What if someone wanted to be cremated, but because there is no body!, what would the loved ones do for a funeral!?

    Just a few things that cross my mind about this subject, i thought important to share!

    As for me, I will be donating my body to the medics.! It's the least I could do to help others especially under the circumstances! to give back for all the free medical help Ive had and have!

  15. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 14 years ago

    Just as an aside, I knew a man who operated the crematorium for a medium sized town. It was in use fairly continuously. He said it was quite high-tech. Gas-fired and closely temperature controlled. There were fine water sprays at different heights in the smoke-stack, and various filters and fans, the aim being to ensure that no visible smoke would appear, as that can distress the relatives.

  16. Shalini Kagal profile image54
    Shalini Kagalposted 14 years ago

    Many of us today have made a Living Will where our bodies will be donated to the medical colleges for research. Most students of surgery find it hard not to have human bodies to work on. It's hard for people with a religious bent of mind perhaps - but I know in the city I live in in India, if you have made a Living Will specifying your wish, the people from the hospital attached to the college come in and are extremely professional - they handle everything - the eyes are removed for donation first. It also frees your children from having to make decisions on your behalf.

  17. profile image57
    Hell N0posted 14 years ago

    They'd both suck if we were still alive.

  18. Eaglekiwi profile image75
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    Burial ( with a nite-light) just in case

  19. profile image0
    fierycjposted 14 years ago

    I like watching movies where people die a lot. At least it keeps ever aware of the frailty of life. But here's what kills me in a movie though. Where the bad guy has been seeking to kill the good guy for a really long time,then he finally gets the chance.and instead of getting it over with,he starts making this awfully long speech.i'm like,just kill the guy already,when he's dead he's dead.he's not gonna be in some afterlife or wherever and go like,damn just imagine what this guy said to me before he shot me.
    My point is,when you're dead,you're dead. It doesn't matter what they do to you. You're still dead, anyways.

  20. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 14 years ago

    Odd post.  But it should be of course, left up to the individual and the family's wishes.  Work the obit desk of a large newspaper, wink.  You learn a lot about this stuff...

  21. Ron Montgomery profile image61
    Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years ago

    Now there's one more thing I like about Zoroastrians.  Was Freddy Mercury consumed by Vultures?  I have instructed my family to have my remains ground into cat food.  Dead bodies are a valuable commodity that should not be wasted.

    1. profile image0
      Leta Sposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      LOL wink Maybe the body should be zapped for moisture and the resulting water given to the Navajo Indians to replenish the holy mountain up there so business interests wouldn't have to use gray water to make snow for skiing?  What'ya think?

      How's the weather in Flagstaff? smile

  22. Juliet Christie profile image67
    Juliet Christieposted 14 years ago

    When one thinks of the amount of money spend for casket and all that goes with burial I would opt for cremation. But my children and husband would never go for that. Cremation is a clean process that does save a lot of land space but I suppose the earth does need the nutritents that decompostion supplies


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