Cremation was an alternative to being buried when a person died. Instead of their intact corpse 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")

In 2370, Odo listed the burning of bodies by some species as part of his interest in Humanoid death rituals. (DS9: "The Alternate")

In 2373, 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. He reasoned that " I might as well end up where I began." (DS9: "The Ascent")

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