Cremation Traditions that the World Embraces

cremation vs burial and other end of life traditions

Cremation has worldwide reverence as a very proper burial ceremony. Cremation, for centuries, was the choice to purify the dead body, not to pass on disease, and as a magnificent celebration of the life of the person that just passed.

Many ancient cultures selected cremation as the best way to conduct a memorial for those recently passed.

Here are a few examples:


The story of the Supreme Buddha was that he told his followers of his eminent death of his body. He prepared them for the moment of his transition. Of course, his followers were very sad. Nevertheless, he reminded them, that his main message was that life is not permanent. Everything changes. All people who live, eventually get sick and die.

The Supreme Buddha also taught those who observed his own time of facing death, how to die well. He died with intent. It is not possible to know if the story from history is actually true. Although, there were many witnesses. When it came time for death, the Supreme Buddha self-ignited.

After the fire ceased, the remains were small pieces of bones. These small pieces of bone are great treasures. They were taken by followers all across India and Asia and placed in memorials called stupas. There are hundreds of them that survive to this day.


Hindus in India understand that cremation is the proper way for a burial. It is both a religious matter and a practical matter.

Currently, India has a population of over 1,326,164,000 people. It would be impossible to bury a full body of everyone who dies in India. There is simply not enough room. In India, the Ganges River is sacred. People bathe in the water, brush their teeth, and use the water for cooking.

Open-air cremation occurs frequently on the banks of the Ganges River. The body of the deceased is prepared with fragrant oils and wrapped in white cotton fabric. It is placed on an elevated wood platform and then set afire. After the fire burns down completely, the ashes are tossed in the sacred Ganges River.


A Viking burial sets the standard for excellent style. Leaders of the Viking tribes, who died, were laid out on a boat filled will aromatic wood and pitch that easily catches fire. The boat was cast into the sea after being set on fire.

The tide would take the boat out into the sea as it burned down to the water line. The Vikings believed the soul was set free by this method to join the gods in Valhalla.

Contemporary Practices

Americans embraced cremation as the most preferred choice for the burial ceremony. The main reasons are the purity of the process, the economic benefits, and the freedom to conduct a memorial ceremony in ways that elevate the love of the person that died.

While, it is not possible to bury a full human body in places that are the most happy places, it is possible to spread the ashes of any person in the places that make the nicest celebration of their memory.


Cremation is an excellent choice. To find out more please contact the kind staff at to learn more about cremation and memorial ceremonies.