why is it that we in the West bury bodies in a tight enclosed tube and shove them underground, as if we did not want them to ascend any higher than a worm? not that it is any more humane than burning every bone, hair, and fingernail and sticking the ashes in a container. The latter seems to suggest that the person was taking up too much space on this planet to begin with. Both suggest that the deceased body is as worthless as a rotten side of Beef, or the contents of a vacuum dust container.
Which brings me to a retro idea. Why not leave the body wrapped in oils and herbs inside a hollowed out tomb? Why not be buried like Jesus was buried? Why not construct catacombs? At least then the body is open to the air, and not suffocatingly hot inside that tube, where it will rot fast regardless of what is shot into the veins.
And that bothers me too. Why does every body that is “enclosed” need to be filled with a lethal liquid? Isn’t that “overkill?” Why does anyone need toxic fluids inserted into their veins to preserve them? What about the ones who wake up in the coffin? Yes, there have been such instances…in countries where they do not drain the body of blood and then stick formaldehyde inside. That, in itself, should tell you that the practice should be abolished, that it is inhumane, and in rare- but factually proven cases- quite possibly, murder.
There was a time when a dead body could be left on a nice hill with a view, a pleasant place should the rapture come early. Or, along a nice, pleasant stream, reminiscent of the 23rd Psalm. Or, maybe not beside calm waters, but on a park bench, along a pleasant trail. With a plaque beside it of course….”Here sits Harold Carmichael, Baron of Williamsted, who enjoyed quiet walks with his dog Teddy on this once pristine trail.” I would whole-heartedly support such a move, as long as there was room for me to sit elsewhere.
….which brings me back to that mound of mud in the cemetery…and that body encased within an absurdly heavy piece of discarded furniture…and the grief that clings to the air…and I wonder, how lacking in honor, how lacking in humanity, how lacking in love…it is…to bury the body of a loved one deep beyond reach…even if they are no longer there.