Cremation was an alternative to being buried when a person died. Instead of the intact body being interred in the ground, the remains were burned to reduce them to ashes.

When being rescued from Earth in 1957, T'Mir claimed the deceased captain of her ship and Mestral had died in the crash and been cremated. (ENT: "Carbon Creek")

Odo, while being Human, recorded in his log his wish to be cremated with his ashes put into his bucket and then shot through the Bajoran wormhole, when he thought he was going to die in 2373. He reasoned that " I might as well end up where I began." (DS9: "The Ascent").

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