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4 Interesting Alternatives to Being Buried

Eternal Reefs are a green — and highly unique — way to be buried!

 

Memorial space lifts are less environmentally sound, but they are certainly profound. Thanks to a simple rocket-launch, your remains or the remains of a loved one can circle the earth’s orbit or drift among the stars eternally.

 

Bringing people back from the dead? This may not be science fiction for long…

 

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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9:36PM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

I would prefer #1 or #4. Being a diamond in a ring or necklace that my daughter could wear and keep me with her always rather than have ashes in an urn seems to make more sense.
#4 Cryogenic Freezing appeals to me the most. However I think it would be outrageously expensive with no guarantee that it works. I wish it could.
How would someone from our pioneer days feel about coming alive again in a world they know nothing about? They would be totally lost and who knows what would happen to their minds. They might commit suicide to escape the unknown world they were brought into. Think about a person who lived in this world when they farmed, raised cattle and had gunfights. Then suddenly they were brought into a world of computers, airplanes, cars, microwaves, TV's and more.
Could they handle it or would they wish they were dead again? Many might be happy to just be alive and learn to cope with all the new technology, but others might lose their minds.
I'd be willing to try this alternative if I could afford it I wish there was a way to donate your body for this to see if it works. .

6:55PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Wow! Especially the coral reef.... I gotta rethink my plans for myself...

12:39PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I believe in the dust to dust, ashes to ashes stream of life. Once I'm gone, cremate me and let me fertilize the groves I loved to walk in life. Seems only fair to give back to what has given me so much.

2:23PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

I like this one Become a Coral Reef but I have also thought about donating my body for science the crime one. Now I will have to think about it.

4:29PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

I'm interested in and curious about #1 and 3. 2 is depressing--more space clutter--just what we need; and I wonder if the use of resources for the cryogenic option will be justified by the result. (Not saying it can't be, just wondering out loud...)

5:00PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:23PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Donating body to science, natural burial in the woods or coral reef are 3 things that i would consider .

3:26AM PDT on May 16, 2014

The 1st 3 ideas are wondrous. It is always great to learn new concepts. However, it is a tad controlling and denying to plan too much out. Even with a will or prepayment there are no guarantees what wishes will be honored after you have passed. All the more important to be fully present and carefully involved today -- BE Here now.

11:39AM PDT on May 4, 2014

The coral option is interesting!

4:57PM PDT on May 3, 2014

I prefer to be buried in a cemetery and my brain as well as my heart be donated so a good person has a chance to live. I'd prefer to be 95 when I die, or 90. That's what I think on this issue. Because what if you die and become a coral reef, yet someone rips the coral reef? What if you die and become a diamond, and someone breaks the diamond on accident? Being buried in space would technically be space pollution, I think. And yes, the fourth option is a gamble.

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