A different approach to Death- Part II
With the average funeral costing $8000 and a cremation at $3000 and the social pressure of putting on a celebration for a loved one who has usually not left any instructions, can make it all a little stressful.
Misconceptions abound about what is legal and necessary. Embalming is not necessary and you can build you own coffin as long as it meets certain guidelines and you agree that the bottom won’t fall out.
Getting the body buried within the first week, is just simply a cultural norm, and again not necessary, but many of these norms are promulgated by the funeral industry, to keep the process flowing along and the checks coming in.
The whole business of modern funerals only dates back to the early 20th century as the community took care of everything before then.
The undertaker would be the local cabinet maker and the family home would be the parlor with the neighbors and family taking care of everything else from the refreshments to the custody of the dead.
The modern funeral as you know it only became institutionalized from about the 1930’s, as a result of the authorities concern about the impact on public health and society ceded responsibility.
Now things seems to be turning again, with many more choices available that celebrate the individual and reflect an increasingly secular and individualistic society.
This article from LiveScience shows many more options including Resomation where your tissues are dissolved rather that cremated, natural burial and Eternal Reefs where your crushed bones are added to concrete to form small structures that can attract fish and organisms that can transform it into an undersea habitat.
I imagine that makes everything seem a little easier to deal with. I for one can get on with today’s work, now that I know I can become a reef if I want to.
Maybe you will enjoy our previous post: “Putting the Joy back into death“.
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