Cremation , the practice of reducing a corpse to its essential elements by burning. The practice of cremation on open fires was introduced to the Western world by the Greeks as early as bce. They seem to have adopted cremation from some northern people as an imperative of war, to ensure soldiers slain in alien territory a homeland funeral attended by family and fellow citizens. Corpses were incinerated on the battlefield; then the ashes were gathered up and sent to the homeland for ceremonial entombment. Although ground burial continued even a symbolic sprinkling of earth over the body fulfilled requirements, as Antigone reveals , cremation became so closely associated with valour and manly virtue, patriotism, and military glory that it was regarded as the only fitting conclusion for an epic life. The Iliad makes plain how elaborate and important cremations were.
The History of Cremation in Japan
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Story highlights In , just over half They brought in all their bands and friends, and they played music," he said, recalling how the musician's friends arranged the deceased's alto, tenor and soprano saxophones on the wall around a photograph of the man. Next, the mourners went to a club in downtown Detroit to host a "jazz breakout," Kemp said. The entire day was "a wonderful tribute" to a man who had devoted his life to music. As a funeral director, Kemp believes, his job is to turn mourners' wishes into reality.
Los Angeles County has temporarily lifted air-quality regulations that limit the number of cremations that can be performed monthly as officials handle a "backlog" of bodies of people who have died during the COVID pandemic. According to an order issued by South Coast AQMD , which regulates air pollution in multiple counties across Southern California, as of January 15, there were more than 2, bodies being stored at hospitals in LA County and at the Coroner's office and officials didn't have the resources or capability to perform cremations under current regulations. Hospitals recently said they were running out of oxygen , while in December a coffin manufacturer said east LA was facing a wood shortage due to demand increase amid COVID deaths.