CREMATIONS


Here are some answers to those very important questions that you may want to ask, but either to emotionally drained through the loss of a loved one, or where you may not know who to ask.  We hope that the following questions and answers are informative and that it will assist in making that very important decision.

Age at death analyses have revealed that not only more people are dying, but also that they are dying younger, with the largest percentage of deaths in the 21 – 30 years category.  This is, however, expected to decrease over time, with more deaths in the 31 – 40 years category by 2009.  It is estimated that the City of Johannesburg alone would need 1 500 hectares for burial grounds in the next 50 – 70 years.  In addition to new burial grounds, families are encouraged to explore various burial options, with one of these being cremation.

In South Africa there are many cultural groups, and cremation is the normal method for Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and Buddhists.  However, it is forbidden by the Orthodox Jews and Moslems.  Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, do allow cremations.