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So you're dead. Now what?
By Curt_Anderson
July 14, 2023 11:27 am
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The mother-in-law of my good friend just past away at age 96. We are friends with the family including the old lady with whom we have shared many a holiday meal.

At any rate there are various options for the disposal of the body, including cremation.

My friends opted for a local green burial. The wife made a shroud of cotton and silk for her mother. The cemetery's website explains it like this:

What is a Natural or Green Burial?
Natural or green burial is a return to burials that are simple, non-toxic, and designed to support the reunion of human bodies with nature as effectively and completely as possible.

Whole bodies may be buried in completely biodegradable shrouds or native-wood caskets, without the use of embalming, concrete, metal or plastic. Green burial returns the body’s carbon and other minerals to the earth without energy-intensive incineration. Cremated remains or human compost in biodegradable containers can also be buried. The Forest Conservation Burial Ground will welcome interment ceremonies and visits to gravesites by loved ones for years after.

The natural (‘green’) burial movement began in the 1990’s and has gained popularity and momentum as more people contemplate their relationship to the earth and how their choices at death affect the natural environment and climate change.

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  1. by Indy! on July 14, 2023 12:26 pm

    Interesting, Curt. Never heard of this, but it makes total sense. Cemeteries always seemed like a waste of totally good land so I was never a fan of that. I was planning on cremation or (more likely) burial at sea - but I like this idea. Definitely going to look into it. 👍

  2. by Indy! on July 14, 2023 12:37 pm

    Here's a site that has information for every state (the pull down menu on the upper right). Very interesting. There's a green burial place in Miami which means I can do a green burial and then (do to climate change) a future burial at sea as the ocean rises. 🙂👍

  3. by Curt_Anderson on July 14, 2023 12:42 pm
    The green cemetery that I mentioned and linked to is outside of Ashland. It is the first of its type in Oregon. I don't believe many or most states allow green burial. Being embalmed and placed in a fancy lead-lined casket seems purposeless to me.

    The mother-in-law's funeral and internment costs were $5000 even without the usual casket and rigmarole.

    I also want to look into donating my body to science; a medical school maybe. That or a pyramid in which my pets and servants are entombed with me for a journey to the afterlife.

  4. by Indy! on July 14, 2023 1:02 pm

    Florida has 4 of those natural burial sites according to that website. I'll either be down here in Lauderdale or up in Jacksonville and they both have burial sites. Florida even allows family cemeteries on private property as long as they're under 2 acres (also from that site). In my family it's crazy to do anything based on longevity or the future because as a rule we don't visit gravesites. If I end up doing it, I don't even want the marker - just put me under a tree somewhere and let me be plant food.

  5. by Curt_Anderson on July 14, 2023 1:22 pm
    Funny you would mention that.

    My friend told me that a marker of some kind is required by law, I presume state law. They used some sort of brass marker. He said this in case there is need to locate the remains to do an autopsy later---to investigate a crime, check DNA, etc.

    Btw, you didn't post that link.

  6. by Indy! on July 14, 2023 3:16 pm

    Could have sworn it said in the (Florida) article the marker is not required, but now I can't find it. Not going to read it again. Sorry about the link - here you go...

  7. by Curt_Anderson on July 14, 2023 3:28 pm
    Like I said, it might be state law here in Oregon to have a grave marker. My friend just remarked that it "was the law". Maybe Florida is different.

  8. by Indy! on July 14, 2023 3:50 pm

    I'm sure if it was required, a small brass marker would not disturb my rest.

  9. by oldedude on July 14, 2023 7:18 pm
    Curt- offshore in the keys there are "coral bells" for all the subs that have sank (mostly WWII, but...) anyway, they're made of cremains, and cast. Each one has the boat and crew that died. They "don't" have the names of the donors. So I dunno.

    I am giving to "Circle of Heros." as they get remains, they'll make a new statue about 10 mi from Clearwater. They do have names of the donors listed at the base. The whole idea is to help NOAA renew the reefs. They are hoping to get the VA to accept the burial the same as a VA cemetery (no cost to family). It's only at 40' which junior divers can get to it, which is nice.

  10. by Donna on July 15, 2023 8:08 am

    Speaking of the Flarda Keys, the surface ocean temperature there was 98.1 a few days ago!

    If I lived there, I'd be really concerned about hurricanes this year.

  11. by oldedude on July 15, 2023 4:15 pm
    Yeah, it depends on where you're at. We're getting dust from the Saraha right now also. It's kind of an annual thing. Our water temps are in the 80's, which is pretty typical this time of year. We also had a warm winter, so there's that. Our house is certified CAT 5. Not that it a guarantee, but at least we're not on a trailer with tires on the roof.

    We feel like it's worrying about snow in CO in the high country. You know it's coming, you prepare for it, because it's never "if" but how many storms. Having been in the places I've been, I don't even have wet weather gear. I just consider it another layer to get in my way (and you're just going to get wet anyway). I do have boots we were issued that I also use as my dive boots and boat shoes. They're made to drain and dry quickly. And yes, they get wet quickly also.

  12. by Indy! on July 15, 2023 4:32 pm

    South Florida - and by that I mean from Lake Okeechobee down - doesn't get hit by hurricanes nearly as much as the national news thinks. We're protected to some degree from Cuba and the surrounding islands that tend to break up storms or at least slow them down. But me? My place is safe as can be - I don't even bother to lock down the storm shutters anymore.

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