I am a tree hugger. And proud of it. I love them. Before I die I want to hug the largest Redwood Tree in Redwood National Forest.
I told my family that I want to be cremated and buried in an enviro-urn. Ashes are added to the enviro-pot that has a tree seed of choice and voila! it becomes a tree over the next several years. The enviro-urn is of course bio-degradable. I haven’t yet decided what kind of tree, but something hardy. Maybe a redwood. I wonder if I can get secretly planted in Redwood National Forest?
There are loads of these now, price difference is amazing. This one is an example: http://greenupgrader.com/2170/spirit-tree-eco-friendly-urn/
This picture is an example of a coconut shell type called the “Bios Urn” at phoenixtreeproductions.com:
Saying that, when I read this article about an extinct tree returning to life from ancient seeds found at Heord the Great’s Palace excavations, I got giddy with excitement. For it is no ordinary tree but the Judean Date Palm, famous for thousands of years and mentioned many times in both Biblical and secular history. This tree was a staple crop, and the fruit was so delicious that people named their children after it! Like Apple or Cherry in today’s age….. 🙂
Here is the link to the details behind this amazing restoration. I hope to someday eat this fruit!
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/extinct-tree-grows-anew-after-archaeologists-dig-ancient-seed-stockpile.html (picture courtesy of this site)
So re-think floating down the river all eaten up with worms as hundreds of people did in the 1993 Mid-west flood and grow a tree from your carbon ashes! It is greedy and wasteful to use a plot and keep all those electrolytes and carbon and tree food to yourself! And SOOOO much less expensive. Give what you save to your favorite charity or your loved ones! Unless religiously you are against it, then pardon my obnoxious enthusiasm and happy tombstone hunting.
Editorial: I pre-posted this a couple of months ago before my dad became ill. Coincidentally we are looking at using one of these for his ashes. I will let you know how it turned out from first hand experience. Just FYI, a simple cremation is around 1400 in the Midwest. A small obituary is around 300/paper. A full scale funeral is around 12000. Yeee–owww.