The practice of seeking funeral homes offering cremations in Watchung, NJ is becoming more commonplace. In fact, this is true across the United States. Though, many religions and cultures have firm views regarding cremation. Some religions ban cremation, others mandate it, while others are flexible.
Part of making tough decisions regarding your or your family member’s after-death care is considering your spiritual disposition. Watchung is extremely diverse—culturally and religiously; we take great pride in this. This diversity brings an array of spiritual stances. And, our staff is able to provide general information regarding various religious views in after-death care; namely, cremation.
If cremation is something you want to explore here in Somerset County, Scarpa-Las Rosas Funeral Home is located just down the road from you. Our team of kind professionals can help you make tough decisions with grace and encouragement.
Keep reading to review the major religions’ takes on cremation:
Baptist (Christian denomination)
For members of the Baptist faith, there is no ban on cremation and it may take place before or after funeral services.
Buddhism embraces cremation. Monks may be present at the crematorium and lead chanting (if no monks are present, family members may choose to lead). The cremated remains are permitted to be kept by the family and enshrined in a columbarium, scattered at sea, or placed in an urn garden.
Anglican/Episcopalian (Christian denomination)
Cremation is acceptable and will not interfere with holding a conventional Episcopal funeral.
Customarily, the Catholic Church has not always embraced cremation as an option for its members. These days, though, it is satisfactory for a Catholic person to be cremated. Though, the body should first be presented for the Funeral Mass before cremation and the ashes should be buried in the ground/entombed instead of scattered.
Cremation is forbidden in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Lutheran (Christian denomination)
Cremation is suitable for Lutherans and does not interfere with a traditional Lutheran funeral.
Cremation is not prohibited for Mormons; however, it is not encouraged. In fact, the Church prefers remains to be buried rather than cremated.
Cremation is acceptable for Methodists. It does not interfere with holding a customary Methodist funeral.
Presbyterian (Christian denomination)
Though there is no specific directive against cremation, Presbyterians usually do not support this practice; instead, they prefer the body remain intact and buried in the ground.
Cremation is not acceptable. The body should be buried fully intact in the ground.
Cremation has become a common practice and is considered an acceptable after-death option for the remains.
What does Scarpa-Las Rosas Funeral Home offer to the community of Watchung, NJ?
Our team here at Scarpa-Las Rosas is proud to offer a variety of death care services to anyone seeking to complete the final arrangements of a loved one or to pre-arrange their own. Read on for some brief descriptions of our services:
If you live in Watchung, NJ or the nearby areas and have any questions for our staff regarding our funeral home and cremation services, we are happy to assist you. The professionals here at Scarpa-Las Rosas want you to know that we empathize with your loss and have the energy and compassion to get you through your difficult time. If cremation was part of your loved one’s wishes—or, if you would like to discuss this option for your own pre-plan—we will help guide you. Please call us at (908) 756-2693 or visit us at 22 Craig Place North Plainfield, NJ 07060.