Nearly 5 years ago, my husband’s precious maternal grandmother passed away. This special woman had an amazing sense of humor and a flair for life. Without saying a word, she could make me laugh with just a look. Several years before her death, she visited a local funeral home in order to plan her funeral services. When she passed away, the family didn’t have to deal with the stress of organizing her farewell services. They could relax, grieve, and concentrate on the wonderful memories they shared with her. I've grown to appreciate this. On this blog, you will discover the steps required to plan your own funeral.
Many people feel connected to the Earth and world that they are born into. Whether it's supporting future human life or mother nature, many people want to make an impact even after they have passed. Instead of a traditional burial or cremation, your body and living will can be used in a number of cremation alternatives to help the planet Earth. Whether you love the land or the sea, the following four options can be considered and set into motion well before your last living days on the planet. Your choice can make a huge impact for many years to come.
Tree Planting Urns
Instead of having your ashes spread, one of the more unique cremation alternatives is a tree urn. A variety of designs exist, and each one uses your remains to create a living tree. Not only can you choose the type of tree, but you can select a special location for the tree to be planted. Once the urn is buried, the tree will slowly start to grow and flourish.
A variety of tree species are available, including oak, beechwood, maple, and pine. Choose the best species that caters to the geography of where you want to be buried. Ideally, the tree will be planted on your own property. Look into special permission for planting the trees at local forests, parks, or cemeteries. By having a designated area, your family and loved ones can watch the tree grow through the years. Future generations of your family will be able to appreciate the tree and the new life that you gave.
Become one with the earth by choosing a natural burial. With this option, you skip all of the traditional burials procedures, including possible cremation or embalming. Your body is wrapped in a biodegradable fabric and buried in a coffin that will slowly decompose naturally. Within a couple of years, your body will be a natural part of the soil and breathe new life for grasses, plants, insects, and other living creatures.
This process is not just about placing a body in the ground. It may be all natural, but the caretakers take extra time to ensure that your body is taken care of and celebrated naturally. Before the process is decided on, you can go through a step by step explanation of how everything works.
If you feel a connection with the ocean, then your body can become a permanent part of it. Pollution and global warming has led to the decrease in reef life all across the globe. You can help the sea animals by turning your remains into an artificial reef.
Multiple companies create these burial reefs, and you can select an exact location where you want your reef to be located at. This allows your family to grieve while helping rebuild natural wildlife in oceans all over the world.
Help the Earth by allowing future generations to study various parts of your human body. Plastination is a unique process where your body is preserved and kept for several years. Depending on the exact needs, your whole body may be left intact or researchers may take out specific organs to focus on.
Along with scientific studies, the plastination project is used for educational purposes. Several exhibits on the human body showcase the plastination process. Real human bodies are placed on display and people are able to view all the different systems of the body, including blood vessels, brains, and muscle groups.
Take your time to choose a path for your body and life savings after death. It's a big decision and can go a long way to helping the earth.