Having just attended a funeral, and having seen the casket and burial up close, I’m fairly aware of the presentation side of the burial process. My grandfather died last week, and was buried within three days, the casket was closed during the funeral, but it made me wonder if the funeral directors had used any embalming solutions, or if natural processes were allowed to take their course.
The burial plot where my grandfather rests is under a great big eucalyptus tree on a gentle slope, his resting place is beautiful and a pleasant visiting place for our family. Certainly, we don’t often think much about our own death and what we would like to have done to our bodies. The furthest that most of us get is when we are filling out our legal will, which in the majority of cases doesn’t go so far as to specify embalming treatment, type of casket, clothing etc.
“I’d prefer to be put in the ground, under a tree,” says Joe Sehee, contemplating his inevitable demise. “But I don’t want to go in the ground with anything, I just want to be buried in a simple pine box or shroud, and that’s it.”