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RE: [greenyes] Why bury at all ?? Re: [greenyes] green burial
That sounds very nice, but it wasn't zero waste.  Cremation is incineration, and long-term
we should try to find other options.
	-- Steve Bloom

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anne Morse [mailto:AMorse@no.address]
> Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 9:01 AM
> To: 'Bette Danse'; EcoWaters@no.address; greenyes-digest-help@no.address;
> greenyes@no.address
> Subject: RE: [greenyes] Why bury at all ?? Re: [greenyes] green burial
>
>
> Just to affirm Bette's post - my mother and father both chose this option,
> my father 30 yrs ago with the U of Minnesota and my mother 4 yrs. ago with
> Mayo Clinic. (By 1999 the University had plenty of donors, but Mayo was in
> desperate need.)
>
> In both instances it was a tremendous relief to us not to have to spend
> those difficult days making the plethora of arrangements required by a
> traditional burial.  Instead, our family was free to make our peace with
> their passing, and to focus on each other.
>
> There were zero costs incurred on our part, and the medical personnel were
> appreciative and respectful.  We received the ashes exactly one year later.
> Mayo's annual memorial for the families also provides the med students with
> an opportunity to meet and thank family members directly, and in so doing,
> personalizes the process.
>
> I highly recommend this route; we couldn't have been happier.  And of
> course, it fit nicely with my ZW perspective.
>
> Happy Holidays, all.
>
> Anne
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bette Danse [mailto:bettdanse@no.address]
> Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 7:31 PM
> To: EcoWaters@no.address; greenyes-digest-help@no.address; greenyes@no.address
> Subject: [greenyes] Why bury at all ?? Re: [greenyes] green burial
>
>
> My opinion is that we should donate our bodies, not just our organs. All
> states have a state university program that does body donation, but they are
> not allowed to advertise, and funeral homes don't want the competition, so
> not many know about it.
>
> Some states like Connecticut at the UCONN Health Center have FREE
> programs...they pick up the body within 23 hours of death and transport it
> at no charge.  Students study the body for a year to learn and investigate
> finding new cures for diseases.  Then there is a memorial service in May for
> all the families from that year.  The body is cremated at no charge, and the
> ashes are returned in a handsome urn if the family wants them.
>
> In Florida the body has to go to a funeral home for transport to the state
> university, so the family has to pay for that, plus also pay for the
> cremation.
>
> I will never understand the custom of burying bodies.  Cremation is the way
> to go, literally.
>
> Bette
>
> EcoWaters@no.address wrote:
> About burial, remember that the state's concern is public health: as with
> wastewater, the body must be buried high, high above groundwater. Pathogens
> can
> travel long distances. Pre-composting and freeze-drying is for dense and wet
>
> areas.
>
> See one area where burial is au naturel:
> http://outside.away.com/outside/news/200209/200209green_reaper.html
>
> Carol Steinfeld
> www.carol-steinfeld.com
>
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