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What is this renaissance of fascination with how upon death, one's body is buried and interred? Reference the deaths and burials of President Ford and the plans for Billy Graham. So much fuss over the remains of what once was a human being; too bad our society pays so little attention to people while they are still alive.
I believe that burial or cremation is a solemn and important ceremony for the benefit of the people who remain behind; I'm not trying to belittle it's importance to the survivors, but I honestly don't understand how it has become so significant nowadays. Is it a Christian thing? I've come to appreciate the Jewish tradition of burying a body as soon as possible, without transporting it around the country for days, without embalming, without a fancy coffin or crypt, just a wooden coffin, a goodbye and that's it.