BACK TO THE EARTH...by b. Malin

Photo "Flowers"  by Stephan
Photo "Flowers" by Stephan

ECO-FRIENDLY BURIAL...

And when I die...and when I'm dead...I want to go into the ground...ECO-BOUND. I got this idea after reading an article on this subject in one of our local papers. Now I'd like to share the idea and my point of view, with all of you. Death is not Funny, but there is some Humor afterwards...

Lover Man and I have discussed at length what to do upon Death. He (without batting an eye) has chosen CREMATION...And to be honest with all of you, I can go along with that for myself as well. That is until I read the article, on Going... Literally, "Going Green" upon death.

Now in a way, my Sister, Brother, and I, when my Father died so many, many, years ago, kinda went "Green"...I shall explain. Our Father didn't believe in planning "ahead". In translation, after FOUR Wives... Mother was number 2, he had no "Plot", and was NOT on speaking terms with his Brothers. So, taking matters into our own "young" hands, we buried him "Orthodox Style". What is that? you say. Allow me to explain...The Orthodox Jews bury the men in "Shrouds" which is literally, a clean white sheet in a plain wooden box. For a few extra dollars, you could have a "Sitter" who sits with your loved one through the night. The next day is the funeral. My Father would have been THRILLED, for this was the most Reasonable Cost...Father was Cheap, and I say that with Love, because He always said that He was. However, with Wife number 4, they had a "Decorator" for their Apartment, a Boat, and a Country Club Membership. But she claimed there was very little money set aside for a Funeral. So even though my Father was NOT ORTHODOX...That's how he got buried. Today, this would be considered an"Eco-Friendly" Funeral. I wonder what Father would have thought, personally, I think he would have liked the idea.

Now back to the present...There is a "Back to the Earth" movement, that is really growing in numbers and they want to bring back the "Natural Funeral" which dates back to the early 20th century, when the majority of Americans died at home, in the company of their families...They then were carried to the "Family Plot". It does sound "Heart Warming" in a way. Everyone pitching in, helping with the washing, dressing. The burial box sat in the home...But sometimes they just wrapped their Loved Ones in a Sheet, and back to the Earth they went! A lot of Funeral Homes and doing more and more "Green Burials" as are Cemeteries, that are actually adding "Green Sections". Family members and friends get to participate...by carry the body or the box to a hand-dug grave, and putting their loved one in...And again most are buried in "Shrouds" not Coffins.

Ok, I thought, this is for Me and Lover Man, so out to the back yard I ran to read him the article. He was grilling Chicken and had just closed the cover on it. "That I said, could be You and Me, just burning up when we die". He smiled in my direction, "got a better idea"? "As a matter of fact I do." I replied, "let me read you this article on "Eco-Friendly Burials". "So, I said, when I was done, "think of the possibilities...if we both died at 110, a day apart...we could be wrapped together, Forever by our Loving, Old Children, Grandchildren, and Great, Great, (Oh what the heck) Great Grandchildren". "Ok, he laughed, you win, as long as I get to be on TOP"!




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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Cool hub. I'd like the top position too. I also choose cremation. Good hub. I enjoyed it.


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Yes there is a lot of humor in the topic & the ads are something else. I like yours best,

though serious, u* made me smile w/ your descriptions!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Funny hub! My brother-in-law is a funeral director in a small town. There is so much needless expense . . . and for what?


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

just a genuine query no criticism or slide comment intended.

is cremation not better since any diseases etc in the body get cremated too and do not enter the earth to pollute the surroundings?


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi b. I had the pleasure, yes pleasure to attend the cremation of a client of mine in December. She was a beautiful lady of 83 years when she sadly passed away and I was the carer she trusted to depart from. Her family are all very spiritual and have learnt much from the time they spent in India. Apart from the actual burning of the body the whole process was as green as it could be. The coffin was a simple wicker basket lined with pure untreated Egyptian cotton. The flowers were picked from her garden and arranged very simply by the grandchildren. The music was an enchantment from the Buddhist faith and the overall experience was breath taking. Green is for me too. God bless. x


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

I prefer to be on the bottom TYVM, Good read n=my friend.

The Frog


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

to add to this we no longer use wood for cremation.it is mostly done in an incinerator so that wood is saved too.this is only in the cities bit is catching on.so i guess the process got greener.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

This is such an interesting topic, and unfortunately one that we all must confront at some point. The first I heard of a green burial was when my Dad's partner of 30+ years said that she wanted to be returned to the earth after death. Ironically, my Dad, his Dad & Grand Dad before him, were all funeral directors so he already had his casket & plot ready to go...I haven't asked him if he is going to change his plans now, to be with his partner ...even if he is able to take the top position for eternity. Great Hub :-)


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you Bobbi...and now 24hrs or so later, we are both leaning towards Cremation, so glad you found me Cool on this one.

Thanks Cheryl, if we don't see the humor now, one day it may be too Late...So glad you Enjoyed.

I'm sure that is the reason that this movement got started Sally...Funerals are just so expensive. Glad I "tickled" your Funny Bone!

To your First Comment Neeleskulkarmi, you may be right...I'm sure it will be looked into. To you second comment, yes, I've heard that to be true and it will save a few trees. Thanks for stopping by and adding your intelligent insight.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

BlueStar, that really does sound Beautiful and Respectful and Green. Quite a learning experience as well. Thanks for sharing all this with all of us!

Really Frog Prince...you really are a Prince, but don't forget, you'd be on the bottom through Eternity...think about it!

Chatkath, in order to have this type of Funeral or Burial, the Home and Cemetery must have an area set up for it. It is an interesting subject for all of us to think about.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Very enjoyable hub b.Malin!!! I especially enjoyed the bits of humor throughout. This is something that I personally want to learn more about and consider specifying a "green funeral" for myself. Thanks!

Sharyn


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Sharyn thanks so much for Enjoying. Yes, there are so many more "choices" today than ever before...I keep flip-floping between Cremation and Green, but who knows if we live long enough...what other alternative will come along!


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

This was good. And gotta love that ending! Well done!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I'm so glad you liked this one Daydreamer, it's a "touchy" subject, but leave it to me to see the Humor as well! Thanks for Loving the ending.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Cremation for me, sir. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alocsin, it's such a personal thing...but it took me many years to say, "Cremation" too. Thanks for reading and your Vote.

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