Beginning caveat: I am probably going to do this a little backwards. Usually I write a column, post a thread and then provide a link if anyone wants further info on my opinion in regard to this subject. This time I'm thinking of posting the question and then possibly include your attributed comments in my column. I would use your "handle" unless you tell me to do otherwise, or not quote you at all. PM me if you think that's a better way to approach quoting you, or not.
Here's the question...
What makes the usual way we treat the dead "Christian," or even sane? We empty the body of fluids, fill it with formaldehyde, patch together defects that happened when you died... like in a car accident: almost like we used to bondo our cars. If it's for when God raises the dead, "Oh Ye of little faith!!!" Do you really believe God can't remake what was made before? Do we really have all that good research that having the body there helps with "closure?"
Note: I'm a bit of an atheist when it comes to "closure." I've had lots of people die in my life, often in tragic ways like falling on a floor furnace that was shooting flames then going through 3 months of burn therapy, losing an arm, then dying anyway. I have never felt closure from any funeral. What, at best, might be called "closure" is always incomplete, and takes time. You have to integrate it all into your life.
The death I mentioned was my father. In that case we never saw the body: it was cremated. I spread the ashes and ranted about his more nonsensical decisions in life... he who kept claiming we should live our lives "logically." I found that far more therapeutic than say my mother who died after 7 hideous years of cancer. Her body faker than a mannequin, drenched in formaldehyde.
More on all that when, and if, I write the column. I'll tag the thread with a link after I write it and the column is published.
I'd love to see a debate here regarding how we treat the dead and how much good any of this does us. They say such ceremonies and services are for the living, not the dead. But are they really all that good for the living?