New book discusses two most common options for burials

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‘To Bury or to Burn’ sheds light on beliefs surrounding burial myths

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Luke Mitchell Jr.’s new posthumously published book “To Bury or to Burn” (published by Trafford Publishing), aims to enlighten and empower individuals concerning optional measures for traditional funerals and burial. Mitchell did not unfortunately live to see his book published. His fiancée, Carol M. Blake, fulfilled his wish by finishing the writing of the book and having it published.

After hearing and witnessing many devoted followers question cremation, Mitchell began to pray and meditate on the topic, hoping the African-American community would embrace the concept of cremation because of its spiritual meaning. His main thoughts centered on the families who were having problems financing traditional funerals; he saw many of these families culturally confined because of traditional beliefs.

“To Bury or to Burn” opens up a discussion regarding traditional burials versus cremation, which, Mitchell states, is considered taboo in many African-American belief systems. Mitchell fully believes cremation should be considered a viable option.

An excerpt from “To Bury or to Burn”:

“The ‘homegoing service’ at New Mount Olive is a family affair, including the church, family, and friends. The immediate family, friends, and church family all come together for the sole purpose of celebrating the life, love, and legacy of the deceased. We still maintain some traditional values such as the wake the night before the homegoing service.”

To Bury or To Burn
By Reverend Dr. Luke Mitchell Jr.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 48 pages | ISBN 9781466959446
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 48 pages | ISBN 9781466959422
E-Book | 48 pages | ISBN 9781466959439
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Reverend Dr. Luke Mitchell Jr. began to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of 28; he was ordained on his 34th birthday. He graduated from Washington Baptist Seminary with a diploma in theology and received a bachelor’s in religion and a master’s in divinity from Richmond Virginia Seminary. He also has a doctorate of ministry.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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