Writing and reading crime fiction we talk and read so much about death and the dead body, but it generally ends with the death itself and we don’t go into what happens after.
In reality, our choices are, we think, burial or cremation, or as I’ve pointed out in a previous post, a few other more outlandish options like space burial. But what about a more sensible and not outlandish idea? What about an environmentally friendly idea?
I came across this TED talk and it appealed to me. It talks about how each cremation is like a 500-mile car trip in relation to its environmental impact. And, it talks about the vanity of burial. I like this below option, though I’m not sure it’s a thing in the UK. The speaker doesn’t seem to know if it’s strictly legal in the US. But more consideration should be given to it. I like the common sense of it. What do you think?
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
I don’t think I want my body left out. Nor my wife’s. We’ve already talked about cremation – no, it doesn’t give back, but it doesn’t suck up a bunch of space either. I think with most people, it’s about having a place to go to remember them.
Margot Kinberg says
Hmm….it’s certainly an interesting idea, but I think I’d be hard-pressed to go along with it, if I’m being honest. It’s hard to know just what to do. I do think we should make those decisions about what we want before we die. That way our loved ones don’t have to make them at a time of grief. Thanks for sharing, Rebecca – it’s an important discussion to have, even if we don’t care for it.