I am Glad to see that Many Jewish Folks are not giving in to "Cremation, the new tradition" BS. Please read the comments below !!!! If you agree, please send this to as many "turn and burn" outfits as you can. Just MAYBE the Christians out there will get it ! Also as far as direct cremation goes, many psychologists offices are filled with people dealing with grief and guilt years after quickly disposing of their loved ones remains AND not even bothering the acknowledgment and celebration of their life as well. In effect, they are making the statement that their loved one was just plain....well....insignificant !!
That is why I, for one, think what we do in the "back of the house" is so important. There are many reasons people have for choosing direct cremation. Cost, convenience, cost, people live far away, cost, etc. These are excuses, not reasons. Not only do people spend much more on a wedding, but think about it. a high-def TV, a vacation, those really cool wheels on their car, all these things cost about the same or more than direct cremation. I know money does not equate to caring, love, respect and all the other warm and fuzzies, BUT the COST is one of the huge factors people consider. Then there are the "green" factors. Forget about it. Cremation leaves a huge carbon footprint. And the new alkaline reduction machines use a lot of electricity to heat and pump the chemicals used. But the people selling and using these new machines always forget that little detail. Back to the "back room" We are trying to create a nice memory picture for the family. Lets do the very best we possibly can. Not "thats good enough" but "what else can I do" for this family I am caring for now? Now please read the comments below from the Jewish community. BTW I care as you do. Sometimes I just have to say it.
Albert Bloomfield of Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels in New Jersey said that he's seen a definite increase in the number of Jews opting for cremation at the funeral home over the past eighteen years, even though the overall rate remains slightly under 10%. The number of Jews who choose cremation varies widely based on geography with estimates ranging from as low as 3% at one funeral home in Seattle to as high as 10% at a funeral home in Philadelphia. Given Florida's high population of elderly Jews, many of whom reside far from their children and other relatives, it is reportedly in contention, though no hard numbers are available, for the highest cremation rate of any Jewish community in America.
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