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The Cost of Dying

Renegotiate & simplify funeral, burial & cremation laws with recyclable coffins & no-waste green burials.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Beneficiaries: Environment! Lower costs benefit deceased and bereaved.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Inexpensive, Biodegradable shrouds. Recyclable coffins available for rent and designed for frequent use. Bodies disposed of as compost material in shallow, 'green' graves.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Those who expensively control funerary will be threatened; perhaps government assistance with law-making and societal acceptance of letting costly funerary 'norms' go.

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a Death Doula, Funeral Celebrant and Death Conversation Facilitator in Australia. There are many societal 'concerns' around death; the burden of cost being but one. I feel strongly about changing our attitudes to body disposal; to keeping it cheap and simple with the environment benefitting too

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm


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Hi Judith, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Great idea Judith! Would this be products already on the market or a new concept you have? 

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In Australia this is a relatively new 'industry' and I consider it largely a new concept.