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Funerals: rites, rituals and traditions

We’ve been sending off our loved (or not so loved) ones since the beginning of time. While our End is always the same (dead is dead, however the end may have come) the rites, rituals and traditions take on as many different forms as there are cultures. Long-standing tho these may be, new ones are being created. In this age of environmental consciousness, Cracked.com reminds traditional burials are not the most pro-Earth way of leaving the planet, especially if your body is full of embalming fluid and your coffin is made of lead-lined processed wood. An eco-friendly idea is planted: “Become a Tree” The Bios Urn is “a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose” which comes with a tree seed. After you die, someone packs your remains into the thing and presto – you start to grow.  And hey, with the interest in Vampires, from Funerals to Die For – here’s an oldie but goodie  method to protect yourself: In the late 1800s, New Englanders would gulp down a cocktail of water and their family member’s ashes in order to keep them from returning as vampires. For more modern (traditions in the making?) funerals, here’s a thot: The remains of a loved one can be launched into deep space for only $1,000. Fascinating funeral traditions from around the world From Matator Network: In Tibet and Mongolia – where the frozen ground is a factor, making in-ground burial too hard – their ‘dust to dust’ ritual is a Sky Funeral, where the body is blessed then left as food, in some cases its dogs, in others...