This was a great read. And the comments were interesting as well. I have a friend who’s mother-in-law just died this past weekend (Sunday into Monday). I was looking at these websites to figure out what types of options there are, etc. They only have the ground plot covered (financially), not from her deathbed at home to when she will be laid to rest. I can see the part that needs to keep the ground from sinking, but beyond that, there isn’t really any other need to “enclose” the body in more than just a pine box. After reading all of these articles and commentary, I personally don’t want anyone to waste money on a “special” casket or to put me in an above ground crypt… It is good to put the person to rest in a respectful way. It is also helpful for family members to see the person the way they “remember” them during the last showing (for emotional reasons). From a very young age (high school and later) I already considered it rather ridiculous for people to pick out a super expensive casket for the “living” to admire for a few days. I had not thought about the concept of the “crock pot” effect of a body being “enclosed”. That kind of decay seems worse than the regular way that happens when the body is just shrouded or in a non-sealed box. I think I’d rather have the latter happen to my body. It is natural process for our bodies to decay after death (ashes to ashes). I would think the only “upsetting” part of cemetery people removing the body to make space for the next “newly dead” person would be the financial cost the family paid to have the remains to be “in that spot”. There are some people who go to a grave sight more frequently, but there are a lot of families who just don’t feel like visiting a grave. I think it would be good to have a place in a cemetery where people can choose to have the remains (pine box) placed so that it can decompose and that spot can be where all the different families would come to visit their loved one…instead of taking up one spot and being charged out the wazoo for that spot. There are nice people in the funeral business, but we must remember that it is a business, so they continue being in business by creating revenue. Remember that as humans we were only meant to be upon this earth for a little while, so it isn’t necessary to expect your body to be “preserved” long term after the last breath has left your body. I hope the best for all of you, whether deciding for your own body or for the body of a loved one. Peace to you all.
Dec 5, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm