The New York Times
February 18, 2012
Burial is a troubling idea. What if it’s cold? Or if there’s a flood?
“WHAT to do about grave sites?” my wife says at the breakfast table.
She’s learned from her brother that we own two plots in the cemetery of the Vermont town where we have a summer house. They were purchased by her mother some years ago, and are worth $400 apiece. Do we want to keep them for future use, or sell them back?
I hadn’t really thought about it. Over the years, there has been occasional banter around the dinner table about “ashes” vs. “dust” — cremation or burial. But it wasn’t urgent. We’re not actually that old, and expect to be above ground for a while yet. Like cleaning out the closets or “putting our papers in order,” it was a chore that could be postponed indefinitely. Also, neither option seemed great.
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Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for altering us to this article.