17. IdeaSpark*: Memorial Forest November 4, 2006Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, IdeaSpark*, Service.
I told my wife that when I die, I want to be buried, naked, in a biodegradable bag. I will be lowered into a shallow hole. Then a sapling will be planted right above me. Sure, there can be a ceremony, and even a dedicated plaque or bench.
So, instead of my healthy nutrients being locked in a casket, or losing energy through heat and the polluting of the sky (via cremation), my body will feed the tree. And when my loved ones come visit year after year, they can see how the tree has slowly grown, and they can pay their respects to a living thing, knowing that my molecules and energy are in the bark and the leaves.
Imagine going to a memorial forest, instead of a cemetary; Growing, beautiful trees vs. cold stone markers.