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Pre-Reading Warm Up Questions:

  1. Do you want to be cremated?
  2. Have you ever been to a funeral?
  3. How do you feel about sea burials?
  4. What alternatives to traditional burials are there?

Burial Alternatives

What will be done with your remains?

Planning ahead for one’s own burial typically involves two main choices. Do I wish to be buried in a coffin or in an urn ? If you haven’t chosen your gravesite, there are plenty of alternatives for memorable burials. Some people want to be buried at sea. Scattering ashes into a local ocean or lake is common. Sometimes whole bodies are lowered into the sea.

In 2011, Osama bin Laden was reportedly buried at sea within hours of being killed by US forces. Officials said his body had to be buried within 24 hours in order to comply with Islamic tradition. Was a sea grave the only safe option for the world’s most wanted man? John F. Kennedy Jr. had a sea burial after his plane crashed. He was an avid swimmer and sailor, and the water burial brought closure to those who loved him. Did you know that you could also be buried in space? Pay the big bucks, and Celestis will launch your cremated remains into earth’s orbit or deep space. The cremated remains of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenbury were launched into space in 1997.

Maybe your relatives would rather climb to the top of a mountain top and hang your coffin off a cliff? This was the tradition of the ancient Bo people in southern China. It is more likely your loved ones will search for a memorable alternative on the Internet. They might discover how to turn your precious ashes into a gem or a vinyl record. Some people plan for environmentally friendly burials, such as coffins made from recycled paper. You can also be frozen in liquid nitrogen and turned to powder. There are also those who choose a safe alternative.

They pay to have their bodies mummified just in case scientists discover how to wake humans from the dead. Speaking of science, have you considered donating your body to research? You’re already dead, so why not save a life?

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