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This Sputnik article is a must-read. “Death has never looked so good: glistening new cadillac hearses, intricately carved tombstones and painfully polished mosaic urns line the convention center aisles. In a corner booth, concrete angels with soft, haunting gazes look up and out–guaranteed to catch an eye or two in any cemetery plot…they scream: who says I can’t take it with me when I go?”
This award-winning documentary explores our attitudes toward death, burial, and the issues surrounding natural burial. Get more information about it on the official website!
It turns out there’s a reason to start pondering your own mortality. “Psychologists now have evidence that contemplating your own death activates what they call the “legacy motive”—a powerful but fleeting sense of generosity and drive to make the world a better place before you kick the bucket.” Read this fascinating article at Treehugger or download this news clipping.
“The traditional funeral business views this as a fad, not a trend. Experience shows this is far more than a fad,” says Stephen Olson, executive director at Royal Oak Burial Park. We’ll have to reluctantly agree. Read the whole Globe and Mail article about the natural burial movement or download this news clipping.
“She’s only 25 and in good health, but Courtney Heron-Monk has already given much thought to her burial plans. When she leaves this mortal coil, she’ll have a natural interment — no fancy casket with varnished wood costing thousands of dollars, no concrete vault or embalming fluids which eventually leak into the soil, no cremation which uses a lot of fuel and releases gases into the air.” Natural burial got a terrific writeup in the Toronto Star – read it all or download this news clipping.