Wednesday, December 17, 2008


We thought we were feeling better! Miss Vero can't speak for Max Newport but we think the little flu epidemic is finally over here at the Beach House. LDouglas has us thinking about our health again, although to be honest we really prefer not to, thank y'all very much. And when that day comes when Miss Vero is finally called to the big blog post in the sky, y'all can put us in a biodegradable hefty and kick us to the curb, cause well, we 'll be dead and we won't care! So put us down for the big ole cardboard model and two tears in a bucket.


How green are you willing to go? All the way to the end? What I mean is when your time comes, or the time of a loved one, would you choose a green burial for yourself or them? In case you’re not familiar with it, a green burial is where you are returned to the earth to decompose naturally. There are no chemical preservatives to preserve you. The caskets are simple or not at all. You can be buried in a shroud or your favorite blanket. Your site is marked by a flat stone or none at all- though it is mapped using GIS. (You can also be cremated and interred, but it's not as green.)

You can do a green burial with the help of a regular funeral director or you can do it yourself. Some states allow you to lay out and have services in your own home. I suppose that's just going back to the old days when it was customary to be laid out in the parlor of your home.

Still reading? Yeah I know. Your intent is to live forever and so far so good, right? (Thanks Steven Wright) I know it's not the most pleasant subject but unfortunately not too many people get through life without planning a funeral. And nobody gets through life without being the recipient of one.

Here in Florida, you can direct any part of the process yourself, right down to filling the hole. (As long as it's not literally for your self- haha.)

They do have a few rules though. Green cemeteries don't allow embalming. And they don't allow traditional caskets citing all the pollutants and non-decomposing parts that go into them. If you still want to be buried in one, you have several green options. You can buy a simple green casket from a carpenter or build your own.

Now the good part. Unlike most everything else that is "green" a green burial doesn't cost you as much $green as a conventional burial. And in some places, you’re allowed to have your pets buried in your plot.

Here's a link to what sounds like a really nice "memorial preserve" in Florida:

Here are instructions for building your own (or a loved one's) casket ala Mother Earth News (my favorite magazine):

Here's an interesting website "Be a Tree" with a lot of information about green burials.

This is the website of a green cemetery in Maine. It has quite a few interesting articles about green burials as well. One of which is an article about "do it yourself" funerals. Another is about a guy who builds simple "green" bookcases that convert to caskets- you know- for practical people.

Oh, and if your not too fond of forests but like the ocean, your cremated remains final resting place could become part of an artificial reef.

Now tell me if the thought of a funeral hadn't crossed your mind while you were down with the flu....

TTFN, LDouglas

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