Friday, October 15, 2010

Green Burials

"We think of this as a new idea, but this is really an ancient idea we're returning to," says the Green Burial Council's Joe Sehee — More Americans choosing natural burials.

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Blogger love the girls said...

"The Salls bought two plots — one for Steve and one for his wife Teri — for about $4,800. Steve Sall died in September."

Green my ass. This is nothing more than the latest scam to separate people from their money.

You can be buried in your back yard in a burlap bag for a fraction of the cost.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Mountain burials are the tradition here in Korea. The government banned them about a decade ago, but people defy the ban.

9:08 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Good for them, bans on traditions should typically be defied. Especially a tradition as sacred in nature as burial.

In the West, the loss of local parish cemeteries, and family cemeteries remove people from the communion of saints.

9:34 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

Re: LTG,

I kind of like the idea, but not the enviro-correct new-agy pantheism that surrounds the whole thing.

We are not just atoms that can "become trees." We are beings with bodies and souls made with the inherent dignity of being created and formed by God as the Imagio Dei

Maybe a parish can have a burial guild to purchase a simple plot of forest land for both the sanctified burial of Catholics as well as for those that cannot be buried respectfully due to conditions in the US. Those that are left at the morgue because the family cannot afford to bury them.

Maybe a good name for such a group would be the Tobit Guild, after the good exile who demonstrates for us the Temporal work of Mercy that is the burial of the dead.

While we will return to the dust, however many chemicals they inject to try to pickle us, we can be laid to rest with the simple dignity human beings deserve.

10:55 AM  

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