Why on earth do people want dead bodied preserved? Has anyone done a basic biology course? When a living organism dies it rots-it starts as soon as the organism dies. Embalming I believe is for the living and the duration of the funeral. Once the coffin is closed, nature ought to be allowed to take its course. As for crypts….whay not just bury in the soil? Eventually that’s where any crypt burial will end up-certainly after several generations. Let’s stop sanatising death, and celebrate the life that once was. “Sceptre and crown come tumbling down, and in the earth are equal made with the poor crooked scythe and spade…only the actions of the just smell sweet, and blossom in their dust.