CONCERNS OVER CREMATION AND CEMETERIES

Cremation is unacceptable and alien to our Christian outlook; however, in the case of the epidemy, the cremation is permitted as an exception. Today, when the law substantiates the territorial problem, why the principle of exclusion cannot work?

The voicing of the territorial problem, which the officials referred to for the adoption of the law about crematoria, is not entirely correct. Sometimes the officials raise the issue as it seems that the conditions are critical and require immediate measures. For the construction of a crematorium, huge financial means are necessary and it is a big business.

Of course, there is the problem of territories, especially in the capital cities where there are many cemeteries, and perhaps the granting new lands for the graves are not appropriate. No one wants that the majority of the territory of our capital cities be granted for the cemeteries and the capital of a country turn into a huge graveyard. In some countries, there is a problem associated with cemeteries and residential areas, as the graves must be at least twenty meters away from residential area and the graves must be covered with dense vegetation.

There are cemeteries that have already gone out into the streets where there is active traffic. There is also the cemetery located in an inexpedient place near the hospitals for the seriously ill persons.

One of the busiest roads to the hospital passes just near the cemetery, and from the windows of the hospital chambers, the graves are visible. In the case of severe patients, all this can be depressing.

It’s true that from the Christian point of view there is also the opposite attitude. For example, in the entrance halls of ancient church buildings burials are done. Entrance halls are covered with the gravestones. And the man entering the church must pass over those gravestones to confirm in himself the perception that he is mortal, the time of this life is precious and that he should evaluate his life with a good course and deeds, thinking about the eternal. St. Nerses the Graceful in one of his prayers which have the title “I Confess with Faith”, asks that God fixes in his soul the thinking about the fearful day of death because the consciousness of being mortal keeps the man away from sin, stimulates to good, virtuous lifestyle and affairs. However, the concern associated with seriously ill persons in the hospitals which are located near the cemeteries is very disturbing.

If there are no territories for graves in the capital, then appropriate officials must provide the areas for cemeteries along the trunk roads that will be relevant for cemeteries, keeping the condition of some distance from the running carriageway.

But the problem relating to the areas does not entirely correspond to reality.

In some eastern or post-soviet countries in cemeteries, we can see the graves of the rich men, which occupy a large area and on which huge statues and tombs are built while that land could be divided into several graves. The rich men have a large plot of land or whole hills for their luxurious villas and large gardens. By mentioning this fact, we do not condemn the rich; let them enjoy their possessions and giving from their wealth to the needy people. But if there are areas for their estates, mansions, big graves in cemeteries, then to present the problem of the territories as critical is not true.

We see that also along the trunk roads large plot of lands are given for casinos and different similar entertaining places. Therefore, when speaking about the cemeteries and the territory problems, some officials must be honest and tell the truth that there are no areas for the cemeteries, but there are vast plots of land for the tombs, villas, estates of the rich and for the casinos.