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Repurpose your own body into a high-quality compost, helping things grow as you move on

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Why not (opt-in to) use your body to provide nutrients for growth, and live on (in a way) via beautiful plants and vegetation? Tradititonal funerals/cremation don't make optimal use of the deceased's body - so why not use it to help grow new life?

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Hi Daire,

This is a great idea, and in many ways in a return to a time when we were buried in shallow graves, unprotected from natural decomposition - so ecologically sound.  There is a woman (and a team now) in Seattle moving forward on this idea.  You might be interested in watching her recent TEDx talk:  If the link doesn't work, look for "Life after Life" by Katrina Spade of the Urban Death Project.  Also check out her website.  This could be a reality sooner than we think!

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