If we were not so superstitious about death, we might handle it more rationally, like this:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- Prior to death, make arrangements to harvest any recyclable parts.
- Keep the body covered to discourage insects. The process of discarding the body is quick. The body is not present at the funeral, so there is no need for embalming or caskets.
- Ideally, discard of the body in a remote place where wild scavengers, e.g. bald eagles, could eat it. Failing that bury it in a field without a box with composting accelerants and no marker. The corpse would fertilise the plants above. Failing that it could be burned as is customary now.
- Have a gathering in a home or hall where friends of the deceased get to catch up with each other and tell stories of the life of the deceased.
- There would be a collection taken at the gathering for a cause dear to the heart of the deceased. Part of the ceremony would be to announce the size of the pot. Donations would be by cheque so they would be income-tax deductible.
- There would no special respect paid to the remains. They are not the person. There is no pretence that the deceased is not really dead. They completed their life. That life deserves respect without decorating it with cheap lies the way Christians do at their funerals.