“We close our eyes in this world and open them in the next.” – So goes the saying from ‘Game of Thrones’ in relation to their funeral rituals and beliefs on death. But what are the roots of their funeral customs? I dug deep into the dusty past and figured it out for you.
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Returning to the earth when we die. It sounds like the most logical thing to happen to our bodies after death. But if we take a closer look at our current modern burial rituals, we soon discover there are many obstacles that stand in between a dead body and the earth.
Through embalming methods that keep the body needlessly in perfect shape, sealed caskets made of non-degradable materials and other unnecessarily added items that supposedly protect a corpse, natural decomposition is being heavily delayed.
Luckily for those of us who do wish to literally become one with the earth, there are many eco-friendly options. Here is a quick guide on how to gracefully transform into a tree.
Does being buried in a quiet peaceful cemetery sound old-fashioned to you? Does the thought of your remains being scattered in a beautiful forest or your favorite ocean just seem too boring and plain? Worry not! For the adventurous souls among us, one of the most exciting modern burial options goes way beyond these common funeral rituals.
Laura Bochove is a 27 year old mortician from Haarlem, the Netherlands. She’s a mother of two and wrote a book inspired by her fascination with death and her personal experiences in life. I sat down with her and talked about her views on the death industry, the pros and cons of being a mortician and how she arranged a funeral for her own dog.