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First of all, I do not believe in cremation. It is against the Christian religion to be so quick to destroy evidence of homicide. So. The dead deserve a respectful burial. But funerals are EXPENSIVE. The coffin alone costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a wooden box that is put on view for a day or two, and then buried in the earth. The preparation and embalming of the body is too expensive, as well, and there is too much "make-up" for a proper viewing of the dead. There is too much professional molly-coddling, boozing, and schmoozing of the bereaved relatives in funeral homes. There is too much professional event-planning and organizing and directing of the automobile traffic of bereaved, distraught, and sleep-deprived drivers, who then proceed to create even more business for the aforementioned funeral home. Such wastefulness and vanity are not respectful of the living and the dead. A funeral parlor is not a church, and those who hold and attend worship in a spirit of death rather than a spirit of life cannot be considered Christians. It is unseemly for the driver of the hearse to get a speeding ticket on the way to the cemetary. This whole issue had become a major problem in my former church. The community was very close-knit, and at the same time had grown very large. There were too many funerals, and they were too well attended. As a consequence, people became too comfortable with death and the general concept of death, and as some families inevitably feuded with others, and developed deep and unresolved disagreements, they became too comfortable with the idea of causing death, i.e., committing premeditated murder, in an attempt to resolve their disagreements.