Since the dawn of Judaism (and even before) our people have buried our loved ones in the nourishing earth, “for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Today, a growing number of Jewish people are opting for cremation. Why is cremation forbidden? Does it have a source in Jewish tradition? Is it against the Jewish religion to be cremated? Do we sit shiva following a cremation? Below, find the answers to these questions, as well as the experiences of those who have gone down this path.