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Rom J Leg Med25(4)432-434(2017)
DOI:10.4323/rjlm.2017.432
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Forensic, ethical and religious issues regarding the cremation process

C. C. Radu, C. Rebeleanu, D. Ureche, C. Scripcaru


Abstract: Since the early human period, cremation was one of the main methods for disposal the human body. It has some advantages that make this form of funeral ritual most accepted throughout Asian and Western cultures, being regulated by tradition, ethics and legislative laws. In Eastern Europe this regulation is lacking and that may be a source for the social stand against it, even if there is an increasing number of cremations each year. In this paper we intend to reveal all ethical and forensic sensitive aspects regarding cremation. The Orthodox religion statements represent the most considerable arguments for not destroying the body through the “violence” of cremation. On the other hand, the Hinduism not only that allows cremation but it also finds it to be the most appropriate ritual for celebrating the soul leaving the life circle and finding a new meaning through reincarnation. From the bioethical and forensic points of view, even if the general opinion is perfectly lined up with arguments for cremation, some voices might oppose the particular aspects which accompany cremation as being a complete destruction of the body with no possibility to identify its DNA or biologic profile
Keywords: cremation, incineration, burial practices, funeral rituals.



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