There’s more to a cremation in Saskatoon, SK than cost. Funeral directors are educated to handle families from different walks of life and while traditional burial is still very popular, cremation is the disposition method of choice half the time. The world is multi-cultured and licensed funeral directors take into account a family’s spiritual and religious beliefs in terms of disposition. Many families of the deceased base their decision for cremation on their religion or culture. And religions are more flexible today where cremation is concerned. Here are some of the major religions and their beliefs on cremation:

For the Roman Catholic Church, the pope has allowed for direct cremation.

Protestant religions also accept cremation. But they can also choose any body disposition as the Protestant church leaves the decision up to family members.

The Eastern Orthodox Church does not permit cremation because Byzantine Canon law forbids it. Church scholars believe that cremation denies the acceptance of the physical body. As a result, cremated remains may not be buried in Eastern Orthodox cemeteries, with few exceptions for local laws or during epidemics.

The Jewish doctrine allows for cremation, but the preferred method is for a family to have some kind of burial ceremony. For Reform Jews, it’s up to the family to choose a body disposition and cremation is accepted.

Religious beliefs aren’t the only things that family members who choose direct cremation have to consider. Families also have to respect their culture. Consider the opinion of family members. While the final service is about the person who has passed on, it’s also for the family members who are left behind.

It might feel like the decision for or against cremation is easy for some peple, but in other situations, it won’t be. It can depend on a lot of factors. One family may decide to go with cremation because it’s all they can afford. Others might go with cremation because of the flexible options. There are plenty of options to consider and there really are not right or wrong choices and no right or wrong ways to decide.

As you can see, cremation isn’t all that easy if one takes into account one’s religious belief or culture. If you want to follow your faith or leaning toward ignoring it, you can learn more about cremation in Saskatoon, SK. The professionals at Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory, Inc are here to talk to you about the differences between cremation and a traditional burial and why you might lean one way over the other. We won’t make decisions for you nor will we talk you into anything. But we will give you the information you need to make the best choices for your family. Call us at (306) 242-7888 with your questions or to set up a time to meet with our funeral director in person. You can see our facilities at 591 Centennial Dr N Martensville, SK S0K 2T0. We’re here to help you get the answers you need to any questions you have so you can move forward with confidence.