Not Fond Of Traditional Burial? Here Are Some Other Alternatives
Published December 18th, 2019
Back then, we always thought that once we die, there’s only one thing that will happen to our bodies – buried underground.
However, as time goes by, people have become more creative and have come up with other burial alternatives. So, if you are not quite fond of the traditional burial, check out these other burial alternatives.
Mummification is the traditional burial that the ancient Egyptians used thousands of years ago. Although it is not usual anymore, some cultures are still using this practice. The modernized process includes preserving the skin and flesh of the corpse by submerging the body in a tank full of chemicals.
Although not the ideal way of laying one’s body to rest, hanging coffins are a thing. The Igorot tribe in the Philippines have long practiced the tradition of burying the dead in hanging coffins. At the sides of the cliff high above the ground is where the tribes nail the caskets.
The reason behind this not-so-common practice is that the tribes believe that placing the remains up above brings the dead closer to its ancestral spirits.
Cryonics is a technique used to store human bodies at a freezing temperature hoping one day when science has become more advanced and can treat whatever incurable diseases today, scientists can revive the preserved remains.
As of 2014, 250 corpses have been preserved in the US through this method. Surprisingly, 1,500 people have already signed up to have their remains cryogenically preserved once they die.
The remains are burned in a chamber until it turns into ashes. The advantage of cremation is that the ashes are usually placed in an urn so that families can keep them at home or scatter the ashes at sea whenever they’re ready. (Related: 8 Things You Should Know About Cremation)
Full-Body Sea Burial
Sea burial is an expressive and meaningful yet a much cheaper alternative to the traditional underground burial. This practice traces its roots back to ancient times. The method of sending off the body to the ocean is the same as the scattering of ashes at sea. The only difference is that you are sending off the whole remains intact. (Related: 6 Creative Sea Burial Ideas)
Alkaline Hydrolysis, also known as Resomation or Aquamation, is a process where it speeds up the decomposition of the remains through water cremation. It’s the same thing with cremation, except that it uses water instead of fire to turn the remains into ashes.
Space burial is the launching of cremated remains in space. It is one of the most expensive burial alternatives. But, for those who are genuinely in love with science and madly wants to connect with the galactic world, money wouldn’t be a question.
Many people are now considering donating their bodies to science once they die. Not only can you help in advancing the future of science and medicine, but you can save a lot of money as well.
When you choose to donate your body to science, the tissue bank itself will take care of all the expenses: from the transport of the body up to cremation. Whether you choose to scatter your remains at sea or have a funeral or memorial service, all these will be shouldered.
Surely, body donation is one way to save you and your family from spending hundreds of dollars on funeral service and burial.
While these burial alternatives are undoubtedly exciting and impressive, it is still best to let your family know about them. Burial is not an easy subject, but telling your loved ones about your plans will help them to fulfill your wishes.
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