There is nothing disturbing as the fear of the unknown or simply put, xenophobia. Unfortunately, this is what death is all about. No one knows their exact destiny after their last breath. When death knocks on our doors, we have no option, our earthly bodies dry up and we vanish into thin air. This will automatically trigger the need for a decent burial, a process that is facilitated by our family members, friends and sometimes even our foes. Traditionally, the six feet under grave is where dead bodies are buried. Nowadays, owing to the sky-high population growth rates we have various options through which a decent send-off can be afforded to our loved ones. For instance, we have Green Burials, Human Composting, Modern Cemeteries, New-age Cremation, Cryonics and even Floating Cemeteries.
The innovative ways of sending our beloved ones to their Gods have greatly revolutionised our understanding of burials. The Green burials are taking a considerable root around the world. Instead of using the expensive granite head-stoned coffin, you can just use a cardboard coffin. With green burials, we have green gardens instead of graveyards. This is mainly driven by the fact that whether the body has been embalmed or preserved, the surrounding plants can greatly benefit from the nutrients. These eco-friendly graveyards have been widely embraced in some regions like Australia which has come up with laws that regulate and encourage such burial practices. Human Composting is another modern way of burying our loved ones. This is mainly science-based as the dead body is first snap-frozen, the frozen body is then crushed into powder. The resulting powder is then composted easily. A Swedish registered company Promessa Organic Co. is on the frontline for advocating this method in Europe.
Other Emerging Burial Methods
Interesting times we are living in. Ever heard about floating cemeteries or maybe a funeral in space? Well, in the Asian continent where birth rates and fertility rates have resulted in densely populated cities and countrysides, future-looking cemeteries have been devised. A company in Hong Kong is, for example, designing a floating eternity cemetery. This kind of cemetery is beneficial in the sense that it can accommodate remains of numerous bodies in a small place. What is more exciting is the fact that driverless technology has been embraced in matters of burial. Aeternal is such an innovation where a driverless hearse is able to transport coffins from funeral homes to the targeted cemeteries. There is also the cryonics technology in which specialised companies are willing to preserve the dead bodies in the hope one day a technological advancement, will be made to bring back the dead to life. With such diverse alternatives to the traditional burial methods, the choice wide. The benefits far much outweigh the drawbacks. Whether in terms of cost cutting or environmental conservation, new burial methods are completely changing our understanding of traditional send-off procedures.
Death might be natural but sitting here in the urban office with people right outside the window, drinking hot cappuccino, in the bright Ikea sofa, covered with a newly bought Ikea Karlstad sofa cover you feel very much alive. Enough on this topic for today.