If a Jew has been entrusted with the after-death care of a non-Jewish relative, what should be done? Specifically, if the non-Jewish relative requested to be cremated after death, can or should a Jew arrange this? As this answer shows, the reasons not to cremate apply to Gentiles as well as Jews.

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    CYLOR is a given here. The question is posed theoretically.
    – Premundane
    Jun 5, 2013 at 14:05
  • I don't know if it matters, but are we supposing that the Jew knew of the problematic request in advance, or did he learn of it only after the death? Jun 5, 2013 at 14:31
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    My thought was in advance, but I would like to hear answers in both situations.
    – Premundane
    Jun 5, 2013 at 14:34


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