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Think outside the casket/urn: 8 alternatives to a traditional burial or cremation
Submitted by dmcgraw on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:59am
Think outside the box - or at least, the coffin or urn. There are at least eight alternate ways of disposing of the body of a loved one which are more environmentally friendly than a traditional casket burial or cremation. For example:
Promession, or freeze-drying, which creates a dry powder that can be placed in an urn.
Green Burial using a biodegradable casket or a shroud instead of embalming and a traditional coffin. Along with this, you might choose to have the body buried in a green cemetery, with woodlands and prairie rather than the traditional tombstones and well-cut grass.
Bios urns, which enables you to turn the body of a deceased loved one into a tree.
Donating the body to medical or forensic science.
Creating an artificial reef.
Green embalming, which uses organic compounds for embalming, rather than the chemicals commonly used in embalming.
The ability to compost the body. This process, being developed by the Urban Death Project, involves a multi-story building with a compost core, complete with ramps where funeral services can take place for the shrouded body.
So, consider alternatives, keeping in mind the aims of the Urban Death Project:
“Fundamentally alter the way that Western Society thinks about death. The goal is to un-do the over-commercialization and needless distance currently created between ourselves and this inevitable human event”.
Read the full article here:
Eight Effective Ways to Dispose of a Body