Jewish Funeral Traditions
The Process of a Jewish Funeral
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With cremation rates steadily on the rise, it begs the question "Will there still be traditional burial in 50 years?" Each funeral is as unique as the individual so our answer is yes. Simply put, Cremation is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, through the process of heat and fire.
There are many misconceptions about cremation services such as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial. We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need. Families will continue to follow in the path of their previous generations and we will continue to serve our families to the best of our capability. Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.
Jewish caskets are not legally required for Jewish cremation services in Brooklyn, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard. That being said all of our caskets are available for each of our cremation services.
Our Jewish cremation services are meant to bring the Jewish community the option of cremation services in Brooklyn without sacrificing or compromising Jewish funeral customs. We have updated our service offerings to meet the growing popularity of cremation among Jewish families. According to Sandy Kaduce of the Neptune Society “Jewish law has held that burial in the ground was the only acceptable option for the Jewish faith. And yet today, despite tradition and continued opposition from some in the Jewish community, many Jews are choosing cremation instead of – or as part of – traditional burial.” She continues by saying, “For many Jews today, the answer to the question of whether to be buried or cremated is no longer as cut and dried as it once was.” As part of providing the Jewish community in Brooklyn with a full breadth of funeral service options, offering cremation services is imperative. Below you will find further resources about Jewish cremation and our cremation service offerings.
We hope that you have found the above information to be helpful in your cremation services decision. Our goal at Sherman’s Flatbush Memorial is to help Brooklyn families make informed and comfortable funeral service decisions. Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea. Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm. Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property. What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one. If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at (718) 377-7300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.