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From Dust to dust, ashes to ashes . . . and then to Wrigley Field?


When I die, my daughter and son have strict instructions to have me cremated.  They are to spread my ashes in the ivy at Wrigley Field (sshhh – I think this might be illegal!)
  I will get a lot of grief over this from those of you who are misguided Sox or Cardinal fans, but you die-hard Cub fans out there will understand.
   Just before Christmas, a group of high school girlfriends gathered at my house for dinner.  Surprisingly, the conversation at one point centered around the topic of cremation.  Certainly not the usual holiday-type conversation, but two of us discovered we had the same plans involving Wrigley Field.
What are your thoughts on cremation?  Right or wrong, does the Bible specifically prohibit it?

Genesis 3:19b states, “Then you will return to the ground from which you came.  For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”  This could be used, I think, to defend either stance – that either an actual burial is the way to go, or that cremation is ok.  Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

And then I had to laugh a little, for as I was looking up verses, I just happened to flip to one of the front pages of my Study Bible, and what verse was at the top of the page?    1 Corinthians 6:14, which states, “And God will raise our bodies from the dead by his marvelous power; just as he raised our Lord from the dead.”   I wonder if God was giving me the answer to this question?


8 thoughts on “From Dust to dust, ashes to ashes . . . and then to Wrigley Field?


  2. And THAT is why I have delegated the job to my kids – Linda would do exactly what she said, so I am saving her from all that! 🙂

    I think that maybe the last 3 lines of her comment says it all.

  3. Well this has been a topic of mine and Caron’s for MANY years, and I am certainly glad to see she has now “delegated” Ben and Allison to handle this Wrigley Field chore as I was sure it was going to be up to me! If she did go before me and it was left up to me, good friend that I am, I was going to take it ALL the way….jumping out onto the field and dumping her as I tried to out run the authorities as I dumped her along the bases….yes, I know I would be arrested but I would do that for my best friend and what is a little more dust on the field??? (Can you picture it?) And after it was done and over her name (and mine) would no doubt be linked to the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field maybe forever!!!!

    As for what I believe about cremation, I know my Mother always said we need to not be cremated as that is not what they did to Jesus and she would quote the scriptures about “returning to the earth” (which to her meant buried within the earth) and the one that Caron also quoted “God will raise our bodies from the dead” (mother would say “you have to have a body for it to be raised”) All due respects to my Mother who is now with Jesus, would that mean that those who lost their lives in a horrific fire and the bodies burned completely to ashes would not be “raised”?? I do not think so. God created this entire earth and all that is in it, beneath it, under the deepest ocean … everywhere. I think He can raise us up…every bit of us …. whether we be in pieces, in ashes scattered in all directions or buried in the deep dark sea….He know where we are at ALL times. So I think however we decide to leave our earthly body behind it will be just fine, after all we will be getting NEW ones, PERFECT ones when that time comes. A NEW CREATION. That is my take on it. Linda

  4. Good post, Becky. Visiting cemeteries is something I do for “fun!” So many interesting facts can be listed on headstones. Loving genealogy so much, checking out cemeteries is just part of the package. Also belong to an on-line site,, where as a photo volunteer, I go to local cemeteries to take headstone photos for people out of state doing family research.

    There is also a new type of burial being offered – “The body is prepared for burial without chemical preservatives and is buried in a simple shroud or biodegradable casket that might be made from locally harvested wood, wicker or even recycled paper, perhaps even decorated with good-bye messages from friends.”

  5. I’m so unphilosophical on this topic. I have a horrible fear of being buried alive by accident, so I prefer cremation – just to make sure it’s a done deal.

    But on the other hand, cemetaries are always one of the first things my husband and I visit when we move to a new place. So much culture is learned through the burial ritual. We’ve looked at the moss covered graves in Mississippi, the loud purple graves in the desert SW decorated and fed on the Day of the Dead celebration, Native American burn canopies, and lonely graves at deserted prisons where names were not necessary.

    I am a fan of cremation for the sake of land use but – there are many lessons of living that will be lost if we all stop burying our dead. I guess my final thoughts on the topic — cremation is for the dead, burial is for the living.

  6. Trouble, no. But I think my two kids are creative enough and would consider it a challenge to successfully complete the task! 🙂

  7. Well I thought I had this figured out until I read your last couple of lines in the post. I had always “expected” I would have a standard burial. After my father passed away I started to think differently (his intact body was buried). The problem I began to see with this method relates to “visiting” the grave. Loved ones can feel obligation to visit on anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Those who don’t visit can feel guilt or be made to feel this way by those who do spend time at the grave site.

    After my wife’s mother passed she was cremated and the family made a casual afternoon walk in a favorite area of her’s and spread her ashes. I saw this as a great way to avoid the issues of a body being planted in the ground with a special marker making it a “sacred” place and monument to ME (idolatry in death on some level I began to think – for me). At this point I’ve always thought I’d prefer to have my remains cremated and strewn in two places – where my father in law and I hunt and on one of my favorite bike routes (yet to be determined).

    But now 1 Cor 6:14 has me wondering. Do we follow what was done to Jesus’ body (burial of the intact body) so that God will resurrect that? I’m not going to spend too much time “worrying” about this topic, but it gives me reason to think and dig deeper. Certainly the bodies of those will have decomposed to such a level that resurrection of that body can’t be any less a miracle than a pile of ashes. Interesting topic.

    I think I’ll have to notify the authorities at Wrigley to be on the lookout for your friends and family. You don’t really want them to get in trouble on your behalf do you?

  8. Parachute of a FUNNY CAR, here I come!

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