nibbler, I read the quote in the exact opposite way as you. I believe the statement quoted by Harmony says that it is the family's choice. It says nothing about encouraging anything. It only says that the "Church does not normally encourage cremation", which I take to be an extremely passive baseline in case a family comes to the Bishop asking advice.nibbler wrote:I guess I find it odd that the church feels like they get a say in the matter at all, but that's me. Seriously, why would they need to be encouraging people toward any decision regarding burial?Harmony wrote:The wording in the Administering of the Church is "The Church does not normally encourage cremation. The family of the deceased must decide whether the body should be cremated, taking into account any laws governing burial or cremation. In some countries, the law requires cremation."
It seems less stringent than what I first believed the church's policy was. I'm glad it is a family decision.
To me, the statement says not to get involved in the decision, except to make sure that the family takes into account local laws. I can't imagine a Bishop who is aware of the above statement making an unsolicited call to the grieving family to let them know his opinion on the matter.
You said it seems odd that the Church would have any say. I don't think the Church is trying to have a say, but simply putting it there for the inevitable question that will arise. You and I both know that in religious families it is likely that they will seek out advice from a Bishop, Priest, Pastor, Imam, Rabbi, Shaman, about procedures for the funeral. Honestly, I look at that statement and nod my head acknowledging that the Church is trying not to be the final say in every detail of life, for which I'm grateful.