Green cemeteries: An alternative to environmentally-unfriendly burials!
Posted by Dr. Anthony G. Payne
Most of us naturally resist thinking about our earthly demise and the “disposal” of our remains. We Baby Boomers likely tend to harbor hope that we will somehow cheat death — or at least put it off for 100 or more years. Whether you happen to live 100 years or more, one day you will “pay the piper” — that is, kick the bucket, buy the farm, cash in your chips, etc. For us American Indians death is simply a matter of changing worlds. We trust that the Great Spirit/HaShem/God is not a jack booted thug intent on consigning most people to some sort of eternal torment for missteps committed during a handful of years or decades but, rather, is intent on reconciling most of humankind to himself. You may disagree — which is something we American Indians respect — though I personally am hard-pressed to understand people who promote a theology which portrays God as a judge who (to be honest) differs little from those who populated the “People’s Courts” in Nazi Germany. Be that as it may, I am here to place before you something more pragmatic — more “here & now” – namely how you will dispose of your mortal remains. Many will opt for being embalmed and buried in an airtight coffin that is sunk in a concrete jacket so as to minimize deterioration through time. This is a personal choice, though there are powerful arguments against this — if only because embalming fluid and such has a deleterious impact on the local environment. If you are open to an alternative — something ”green” — consider having your mortal remains disposed of in a green cemetery (If it could be pulled off I’d argue for the establishment of burial platforms much like my Plains Indian ancestors and brothers utilized in various localities. There is something inherently appealing about raising a body up to meet the world above and beyond IMO):
http://www.greenburials.org/FAQ.htm – includes a list of green cemeteries
http://www.ethicianfamilycemetery.org/ – for my fellow Texans & interested others
Nota Bene: I have no financial or other ties to MSNBC or the Ethican Church or the Ethical Family Cemetery.
Copyright 2012 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. All rights reserved but spread it around anyway.
About Dr. Anthony G. PayneI am a word & ideas weaver, hypothesis spinner, artist, full monk (Knights of Prayer & other organizations that are part of the New Monasticism movement), long time member of MENSA, and a BIA certified American Indian and tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. You can readily reach me by shooting an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on August 25, 2011, in DYING & DEATH and tagged alternative to embalming, American Indian, Baby Boomers, bucket list, burial, cheating death, death, demise, dissolution, dying, Ethican, God, Great Spirit, green cemetary, HaShem, kick the bucket. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Green cemeteries: An alternative to environmentally-unfriendly burials!.
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