We’ve come a long way as human beings in understanding a few things about death. Number one- it’s permanent (well, unless you’re Hindu, then you might come back as a cow), number two- you finally get to stop paying taxes (but in the U.S., they’ll still tax your estate, but that’s all your fault for dying), and number three- despite what happens to the ‘soul’ your body returns to the earth.
Some brilliant folks have come up with a way to allow your physical being, at least what’s left of it after decomposition, to live on in the form of a tree. At least, that’s a polite way of saying you can choose to use your body as fertilizer for a tree.
With this new method of burial, your body is placed in a biodegradable pod and then a tree is planted on top of the pod. The roots, over time, will actually absorb your body as it degrades and use it as nourishment.
So instead of visiting a dreary old cemetery to pay their respects to you, your future family members can walk through a sacred, beautiful forest and pay their respects.
The idea was created by Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, pictured below, but so far Italian laws prohibit such burial methods. This idea could work anywhere, however, and I personally would love to see it catch on.
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