By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
My hippie wannabe wife insists that she wants to be cremated when she dies.
“I think it’s environmentally friendly,” my bride tells me. “Countless acres are filled up with remains inside caskets.
“Plus, it will allow me to spare you guys a lot of expense and possibly trauma and heartache,” she adds.
Rather than be buried in a cemetery, Tamie says she wants to be “mixed in with the roots of a tree and planted in the mountains in the breathtakingly beautiful area where six generations of my family have made memories together. I think it would be nice to contribute to nature rather than be a burden on it.”
As for me, I want to be dressed in my Sunday best and await the resurrection with what’s left of my skin and bones fully intact. I don’t like flames. So it sounds like my wife of 27 years and I will — at some point hopefully many years in the future — spend the first part of eternity apart.
In all seriousness, we are both people of strong Christian faith — but we come down on different sides of the cremation vs. burial question.
I bring up the topic because of a fascinating Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story this week that noted cremation is becoming the new norm in America.
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All of my GetReligion columns (June 2017):
• Yeah, the Ten Commandments were smashed to pieces — but don’t blame Moses this time. Published June 28.