I think its roots go back many years to the times I visited my grandmother's grave with my mom. She would always notice the older, broken down headstones in the cemetery, and say how sad it was that no one remembered them or cared about them anymore.
Then, a few years later, when someone told me what embalming actually entails...(ick!)....I decided then and there that I wanted no part of it!
And it seems like the rest of the world is finally catching up with me, at least in theory--for example, this article on MSN discussing natural burial (i.e. no embalming, no casket, etc.); this article about at home funerals; an article in Popular Science (that I blogged about way back here) discussing promesion (basically a good, quick way to become tree food); the LifeGem company (where they can make you into pretty, pretty jewelry). But I say "in theory" because, despite the many options out there, I haven't been to a funeral--and I can't think of anyone else I know who has been to a funeral--where the deceased wasn't traditionally embalmed and buried. I'm not sure if I even know someone who has been cremated.
So, for this week's poll:
Have you been to a funeral where the deceased person's body was taken care of in some way other than being embalmed, buried in a casket, and so forth? What did you think of it? Would you consider being buried (or otherwise) in a non-traditional way?
Comment and discuss.