Interesting. A new legal way to deal with dead people called "natural organic reduction". It's almost as creepy as unnatural organic reduction, but it is claimed it will help save the planet if we make topsoil out of our loved ones. I wonder, though, if my wife buried me out back when I'm dead, would that be unnatural and harm the environment more than "composting" me would? Since we already own the land, it would save my wife $5,000 if she buried me out back rather than had me composted, and she would save even more if a casket and other stuff needed to be purchased. The topsoil idea doesn't appeal to me, for where I live, the heavy winds would blow it hither and thither. But I guess if that happened, treading lightly around the house would no longer be required.
"Katrina Spade, the founder of Recompose, told the Times that the process will cost about $5,000—more than a traditional cremation, but less than a traditional burial.' The material we give back to families is much like the topsoil you'd buy at your local nursery,' Recompose says on its website."
I've always viewed the entire hoopla surrounding dead meat as absurd.
All the sheer, inexcusable waste created for someone who has left this life already ??
It is like finding a spoiled bit of meat in the 'frig, and having to get an ornate box of wood & metal made for it, buying some land to place it in, hiring diggers to make the hole, and having multiple gatherings before placing the box into the hole & when the monument is placed atop it.
As for me - if somebody wants to bother to dig a hole and unceremoniously dump my naked remains into it after I'm gone as worm food - fine; or feed it to the fishies, or drag it into the woods for the critters to eat.
No matter to me as I won't be around for the feasting !!
I see ONLY a single goodness in cemeteries:
They will someday be seen as land reserves to be re-purposed when our ever-expanding land needs demand it.
The dead body composting idea has been in use here for years already - but only for livestock.
I think Diogenes may be a distant relative of yours.
------There are conflicting accounts of Diogenes' death. His contemporaries alleged he had held his breath until he expired; although other accounts of his death say he had become ill from eating raw octopus; or to have suffered an infected dog bite. When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?" At the end, Diogenes made fun of people's excessive concern with the "proper" treatment of the dead. The Corinthians erected to his memory a pillar on which rested a dog of Parian marble.-----:unsure: