Many people do not see making final arrangements as a very important thing to, as they may be younger or healthy. Still, tomorrow is not promised to anyone, thus making planning for what occurs following one’s demise important no matter one’s age or health condition.
Jewish Burial Plots in the Bible
As many of you know, I’m a weirdo and am interested in things like death and burial. While I am an advocate for green burial (also known as “natural burial” – burial without embalming, burial vaults/grave liners, sealed caskets or any other non-biodegradable materials), I am still an advocate for family/community burial plots. These plots not only serve a historical function in helping people research their own genealogy, but even in Tanakh, being buried along with your family had very strong significance. In 1 Kings 13, there is a prophet of HaShem who disobeys the Creator. What is his punishment? When he died, he would not be buried along with his family. Not necessarily an unmarked grave, but just not along with his family.
“‘You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’” – 1 Kings 13:22