Search This Blog

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cremation



The Greeks cremated their dead 3,000 years ago.

The Ancient Druids cremated their dead and buried the ashes in mounds.

Cremations in the Roman Empire were stopped because of their pagan associations and concerns that they might interfere with the resurrection of the body and its reunion with the soul.

Christians made cremation such a crime that an 18th century doctor was prosecuted for cremating his dead child.

The first authorised cremation in Britain took place in 1769. The name of the deceased was Honoretta Pratt.

Henry Laurens, a Charleston, South Carolina statesman was the first formal cremation in the US in 1792. He left instructions in his will.

Revival of interest in cremation in Europe and America began in the late 1800s with the rise of large cities and the realisation of the health hazards associated with crowded cemeteries. In 1884 a British court made cremations legal.

Cremation was re-introduced in Britain in the 19th century by 84-year-old Archdruid Dr. William Price. On January 13, 1884 he burned the dead body of his baby son, named Iesu Grist (the Welsh for Jesus Christ), as he believed it was wrong to bury a corpse, thereby polluting the earth. Price performed the funeral upon the summit of a hill to one side of Llantrisant.

The first legal cremation took place in England on March 26, 1885. The painter Mrs Jeanette Pickersgill of London was cremated by the Cremation Society at Woking Crematorium in Surrey. The cremation took one hour and 15 minutes. The remains were taken many years later to Golders Green Crematorium's East Columbarium.

Golders Green Crematorium. Wikipedia Commons

The Pope lifted the Catholic ban on cremations in 1963.

In Britain cremation overtook burial as the most popular means of disposal in 1968.

98% of people in Japan are cremated after death.


Hawaii has the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states, with a 60.6 percent preference over burial.

The cremated remains of James Doohan - Star Trek's Scotty - were launched into outer space.

There is a company called Holy Smokes that will take your cremated ashes and put them into bullets

Source Would You Believe This Too

2 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello my dear,

    I see your blog every day ... your blog is Very useful for me and I love so much ...

    You can see

    $695 Loving Care Cremations 877-346-1586 Trusted, Dignity, Caring & Professional Loving Care Cremations & Funeral Services

    Serving all of North Carolina. 24/7 Help for your needs. We Provide Memorials, Cremations, Funerals, Urn’s, & more. Make

    Arrangements. Call 877-346-1586


    Visit Now - affordable cremation North Carolina

    ReplyDelete