Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ashes to Ashes...to Tree

another option
Having had a memorial for my mother-in-law recently, we all asked about what to do:  cremation (Mom's wishes); full-on fancy coffin; a pine box coffin; or, what.

It set us all thinking about arranging our own wishes for that day.  

My husband and I signed our Living Trust and Will yesterday.  It was not painful, but the legalities are heavy.  We are glad a friend recommended a very competent and compassionate estate lawyer, who specializes in trusts and wills.

So there.  Done and Done.  

We have decided on cremation, so far.  However, photos below are intriguing: Bye, Bye Coffins!  Organic burial pods will turn your loved ones into trees. 




18 comments:

  1. Something we all should do.

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    1. It really makes sense. Right now, the battle for approval and acceptance from the funeral business is slow and harsh.

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  2. Hey, can't hurt indeed and help out too when we go.

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    1. Instead of a field of tombstones, there would be a forest, as the article at the sites show.

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  3. I would like to have my ashes buried in the ground and a tree planted where I lay. I love the idea of new life springing from old.

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  4. Eco-funerals have just got government approval here. I am in. I definitely like the idea of feeding a tree.
    No headstones, just a tree.
    And how I wish my partner would admit that he isn't immortal and make a will.

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    1. It interests me as well. Hope I get to see it happen before my time comes.

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  5. There is one of those eco-cemeteries near enough us for TV commercials featuring small children wandering down a path, then lovingly staring at spot on the ground before skipping away. The concept is excellent, the marketing gives me the creeps.

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    1. Oh totally. Ignore the advertising. Go for the tree. I will have to check out California's thinking, if the state government does any thinking at all.

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  6. Hi Susan,

    I think I'd like to help fertilise a tree. Then again, I'll probably be put in a black bag and dumped unceremoniously at the local landfill site.

    Gary

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    1. Now that is another approach. Go for the tree thing. England is probably already approving it.

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  7. I think that's the best idea ever. I'd love to be a tree! Maybe I should rethink leaving my body to medical research. Or maybe I could contact them and arrange for what's left of me after they've finished to become a tree in this manner.

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    1. It gets complicated. Don't know how to go about this process.

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  8. Trees? Really? Well, I guess it's better that just taking up burial space. Glad you went with your MIL's wishes.

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    1. She was very clear about it. FIL as well. Share an urn.

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about your MIL. I recently went to visit my mom and we had the discussion about what she would like.

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    1. Important thing to do--and a living trust and will. Keeps the estate out of probate court.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!