Death, one of life’s greatest mysteries. While many have questioned what comes after, we are yet to come up with a definitive answer. Perhaps heaven exists, maybe we are reincarnated. Whatever, might happen to us after we dies, there are plenty of solutions as to what might happen to our bodies once we die. Throughout ancient history, humans have come up with a myriad of ways to deal with the body that is left behind in death. Some would bury or burn the body, others would reserve of mummify the body, while still others would participate in elaborate rituals where the body was sent off into the sea on a burning pyre or where they would preserve and yet bury the body. Even today, the options of what to do with your body once you die are endless…
Pick a burial
Many people still choose to be buried – either at a location of their choice or in a family plot. This desire often stems from a history and tradition of burials in the family and may be what you choose to go with. Others choose to go with cremation as their choice of disposing of their body once they die.
Often, the choice of cremation or burial is dictated by the persons religion, or if they were not particularly religious and have left unspecified instructions, by their families religious practices. For instance, many Christians choose to go with a burial, although this is practice is also changing with time and with the alternate options being provided. For instance, cremating your body is not as environmentally friendly as you might think it is.
Scattering your ashes
Scattering ashes has also become a key aspect of disposing of a body once the person is dead. Some people have specific places where they wanted their ashes scattered – for instance, a mountain or favourite hiking trail, a sports stadium or even a neighbourhood park. Keep in mind that sometimes, regardless of the person’s wishes, you may not be able to scatter ashes wherever you want. More of often than not, people choose to scatter ashes into the sea or a river – which is generally permitted.
Aside from being buried or cremated, there are plenty of alternate options you can choose today. Some people choose to have their bodies frozen and preserved in case someone discovers a way to bring people back from the dead. Others choose to be enclosed in a plant pod out of which a tree can grow. The options really are endless today!