Celebrities may have been stars who were given the chance to shine their brightest; they’re only human, and so, eventually their lights also fade in time.
Some of these celebrities who passed on chose not to be buried, but instead, cremated.
Are their cremations a decision that was made when they were still alive? Were there any special reasons for this personal decision?
Find out who these celebrities are and learn more about them.
Amy Winehouse, a famous singer and a songwriter, was cremated on July 26. The singer’s cremation was somehow controversial because she was Jewish, and Jewish laws do not allow this kind of burial ceremony.
According to Jewish laws, God made human beings in His likeness, and so human bodies are sacred and priceless. For them, the dead mustn’t be destroyed and must be treated with dignity.
Amy’s cremation however still went through in Golders Green Crematorium. A private funeral service was held at Edgewarebury Cemetery. Her father gave a eulogy saying, “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight.”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
Albert Einstein wanted to be cremated. This desire was fulfilled after he passed away in Princeton Hospital in 1955. However, not all of him was cremated – his brain wasn’t, because of Thomas Harvey.
Thomas Harvey was the hospital’s pathologist who took Einstein’s brain without his family’s permission. He believed studying Einstein’s renowned brain would explain the reason behind Einstein’s intelligence.
What he did got him fired, and in 1998, the brain was returned and brought to Princeton Hospital.
John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
On the night of December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot multiple times at the back by Mark David Chapman. It was even a sad realization that earlier that day, Chapman and Lennon were even photographed together while the latter was giving the former an autograph.
John Lennon was brought to Roosevelt Hospital; on 11:07 PM, he was declared dead on arrival because of the damage brought by the gunshots.
On December 9, Yoko Ono (Lennon’s wife) asked everyone for a few minutes of silence to pray for him, and informed everyone that there wouldn’t be any funeral for Lennon.
On December 10, Lennon was cremated at New York’s Ferncliff Cemetery, and his ashes were scattered on Central Park.
Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)
Famous Hollywood actor Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 due to accidental overdose. His housekeeper and masseuse first found him unconscious around 2:45 PM and tried to revive him but to no avail. Around 3:30 PM, medical professionals arrived at the scene; he was declared dead a few minutes later.
Ledger had two funeral services, one in Los Angeles and one in Perth, Western Australia. On February 9, Ledger’s body was cremated in Fremantle Cemetery, and his ashes were placed next to his grandparents at Karrakatta Cemetery.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)
On April 29, film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock died in his sleep inside his home in Bel Air, California. His funeral Mass was held in Beverly Hills, specifically in Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
He would have wanted a tombstone with the words “This is what we do to bad little boys,” however this wasn’t possible since his ashes were cremated and strewn on the Pacific Ocean.
In the past, you don’t think of cremation when someone dies. Cremation is viewed as impersonal and disrespectful. After all, you not only burn the body but also crush the bones.
Nowadays, cremation is no longer as controversial as before, hence, more and more people choose to be cremated, and those people include celebrities. Everyone can just pay their last respects for the repose of their loved ones.