Dealing with the Living/ Dead- Journal 15

To be honest, I don’t think I’d be able to press the button that sends a loved one to be cremated.  The ashes flying on you, the heat, all of it would be too much for me.  It feel like sending them to hell or something.

Caitlyn feels as though we need to be more open about talking about death.  It’s inevitable, so we may as well embrace it.  Also, families should know that they have the choice to be more involved in the death process of their deceased loved one.

I think it’s interesting to know what goes on in these processes- however my opinion hasn’t changed much on them.  I’ve known the health risks that came with fast food for a while now.  Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I ate it.  I haven’t avoided it on purpose to be able to say I don’t eat it, but I’ve just made more beneficial choices for myself. Embalming I felt as though it may not be necessary, but as long as it helps the family get closer then I don’t see why that’s a bad thing.  Whether or not you choose to do it for your loved one- the choice should help you the most.

In Islamic rituals- they don’t believe in embalming.  They say it’s disrespectful to the body.  They usually bury the body within 24 hours to avoid decay.  They also bury the deceased in the ground without a casket to allow them to go back into the earth. Women aren’t allowed in cemeteries, as men worry about them being too emotional.  (Although, if the site is covered, they can then come closer.)  They don’t believe in eulogies either.  They believe if you have something to say to someone, you say it while they are alive.

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