Some people might think that Fandango’s question this week is a bit morbid. I don’t. Death is something that is going to happen to all of us and I don’t think it is morbid to consider how you would like your body to be disposed of.
How do you intend to dispose of your physical body after you die? Would you consider a green burial if it were legal where you live?https://fivedotoh.com/2022/10/19/fandangos-provocative-question-186/
I have given this some thought over the years. I always thought it was sad when I visited cemeteries to see neglected graves. I also didn’t like the idea that after so many years if your family didn’t renew your plot you might be dug up. So I decided that I’d be cremated when I died. I have only been to a couple of interments in my adult life. I think cremation is what most people do now.
Funerals are expensive though and I have thought about other options that are less wasteful. I’ve read about natural burials. There is at least one place in Tasmania where you can have that. Natural burials involve the use of a biodegradable coffin, or shroud, and bodies are not treated with any preserving chemicals. I like that idea because I would not be leaving the burden of maintaining a grave for others. The sites are marked naturally or just with GPS coordinates. My body would return to nature but I’d still be remembered by anyone who wanted to remember me.
I’ve also read about “coffin clubs” where people make their own coffins. Coffins are ridiculously expensive considering we only use them once. I’m not just being a cheapskate though. I do have funeral insurance. I just quite like the idea of a customised for me coffin. It could have a collage of photos on it, things that were important to me.
Another idea that I like is this one:
Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli might have a solution. They call it Capsula Mundi – “world’s capsule” in Latin – and it’s an egg-shaped, organic casket that’s suitable for ashes, too.
Once buried, they say, the biodegradable plastic shell breaks down and the remains provide nutrients to a sapling planted right above it.
Bretzel and Citelli believe that death is as closely related to consumerism as life. Their goal? To create cemeteries full of trees rather than tombstones, reduce waste, and create new life out of death.https://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/03/world/eco-solutions-capsula-mundi/index.html
I don’t know if that service is available in Australia but I really like the idea of providing the nutrients for a tree after I’m gone.
If neither of these possibilities are practical then I guess I would just be cremated after all and have my ashes scattered somewhere that was meaningful for me. I still have David’s ashes in a box at home. I didn’t want to put them in a memorial at the local cemetery when he died because I knew I would probably move away and that I’d never be able to visit there. So I’ll save them and our ashes can be mingled and scattered somewhere. Maybe in the Huon River or maybe in the sea. I won’t be here so I won’t know what happens but that’s what I’d like.