When Cindy passed away a lot of important decisions had to be made in a very short period of time. Within an hour of her passing, I was asked what mortuary I wanted to use. This question caught me flat-footed because I didn’t know I would be needing one and didn’t make it a habit of having one in my contact list.
Once a mortuary was decided upon, even more important questions began to follow like did we want a burial or a cremation? My mind raced at the question because I didn’t really know what Cindy would want. Over the years, she had talked about cremation, but just the day before she passed, she said she didn’t know where she would be buried were she to die. Ultimately, a combination of our conversations and my current financial resources won out and we decided to go with cremation. That’s when the “fun” really started.
Over the next few days, I started to have remorse and the more I read about cremation, the worse the remorse got. I had just paid someone to incinerate the body I loved more than my own. With tears rolling down my cheeks I kept looking at Cindy’s picture and saying, “I’m so sorry, Cindy. I’m so sorry.”
Then, my immediate concerns turned to the eternal…
COULD GOD RESURRECT A CREMATED BODY?
I started to wonder about the eventual second coming of Christ. On that day, the dead in Christ shall rise to be reunited with their spirits. What is someone’s body was cremated and no longer available to rise to glorification? Had I just messed up Cindy’s chances at the resurrection? I know this may sound funny to some, but this was weighing heavily on my heart. I prayed and begged God for forgiveness if I had done anything to hinder Cindy’s resurrection on that glorious day.
I started researching it and found that the Bible really doesn’t give any clear instructions on how to properly inter a body after death. It simply reports what societies, of the age, did. Some people buried the deceased in a tomb until decomposition and then removed the bones and put them in an ossuary. Others, did cremate.
Then it began to dawn on me that all bodies, whether buried or cremated, will eventually reduce to dust and if God can resurrect, He surely could do so with the other.
Sill, making the decision to cremate is not easy. It’s best to have these arrangements decided upon ahead of time and, if possible, planned out and paid for. That’s what I did immediately after Cindy’s death. My funeral arrangements are something that my family will not have to decide after I’m gone; they’ve already been made.