My wife has stage 4 cervical cancer and is not healthy enough for the standard treatments. We are preparing for the worst but praying for the best.
She has expressed a desire to be cremated. It’s cheaper, and when I pass I will be interned at Arlington as I am a veteran. It sounded OK to me at first but I’m having reservations.
Your thoughts, should a Jew or a Christian consider cremation?
We are moved by your words, “We are preparing for the worst but praying for the best,” and pray that God responds favorably to your prayers.
While we love teaching what the Torah says we aren’t comfortable telling you as a Christian how to act. We recommend that you discuss this with a respected mentor and/or clergy from your own faith.
We can tell you that in Torah Judaism, proper treatment of the body after death is defined as burial, just as God told Adam toward the end of Genesis chapter 3. This is so important that, for faithful Jews, even if one’s parents expressed their wishes to be cremated, their children may not carry out those wishes. The idea is that after death, the parents will have entered a World of Truth and will be appalled that they ever wanted to do something counter to God’s law. As such, giving them a proper burial is actually following their final wishes.