How to Die the Eco-Friendly Way!

 

 

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”–Albus Dumbledore

If I die, I’m not sure how I would want to be disposed of–definitely with an eye on the environment, though. I went with the modern-day interpretation of Egyptian burials for my beloved animal companions, but I’d like to be buried at sea (I’m reminded of a quote from my favourite piece of literature when I was a kid–Medea–but I couldn’t locate it on the internet. Something she said about her bones being made clean and white by the ocean. Who knows what I’m actually remembering, as it’s going back to when I was eleven or so.)

 

Anyway, here’s the usual linkys about the most green, eco-friendly ways you can be buried. According to the internet, at least.

 

Interesting article about the whole natural burial process. http://www.beatree.com/

Another Info Site: http://www.greenburials.org/

How to be Eco-Friendly when You’re Dead–The Atlantic

The Urban Death Project

Green Burials from Everplan

Proposed Burial Concept

Until then, the Bios Urn

More about Green Burials from How Stuff Works.

 

What about you? Would you choose this as an option? (While you’re deciding, make sure you have things like living wills and advance medical directives and things like that. These will protect your rights if you become mentally/physically incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself.)

Food for Funeral Parties…

To follow up on yesterday’s blog post, I’d thought I’d also incorporate it into this week’s “Friday Food” blog…

(Excerpt from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.)

“Look, food!” said Ron.

On the other side of the dungeon was a long table, also covered in black velvet. They approached it eagerly but next moment had stopped in their tracks, horrified. The smell was quite disgusting. Large, rotten fish were laid on handsome silver platters; cakes, burned charcoal-black, were heaped on salvers; there was a great maggoty haggis, a slab of cheese covered in furry green mold and, in pride of place, an enormous gray cake in the shape of a tombstone, with tar-like icing forming the words, “Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington died 31st October, 1492”.

Recipes courtesy of the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/funeral-food-recipes-photos_n_4576791.html

“The Last Supper” by Tom Junod http://www.esquire.com/features/food-drink/huge-food/funeral-food-0311

“Ten Customs around the World”: http://www.thedailymeal.com/funeral-food-customs/111513

Here’s the link to the book mentioned in the above article:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/311378.Death_Warmed_Over

A handy map, listing funeral foods by (U.S.) region: http://www.epicurious.com/archive/blogs/editor/2014/08/beyond-casserole-mapping-out-the-countrys-funeral-food-traditions.html

Southern Funeral Foods: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/01/traditional-southern-funeral-foods.html

Funeral food, Texan-style: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2010/07/top_5_funeral_foods.php

Jeez, there’s even a page on Pinterest about funeral food: https://www.pinterest.com/legacycom/funeral-food/

Guide to Sympathy Meals: http://www.usurnsonline.com/grief-loss/sympathy-meals-funeral/

If you got to pick out your funeral feast, what foodstuffs would be on the banquet table?