coffins

Planning Ahead: picking a guidebook

Sunday, April 22nd – It’s officially the start of rolling up our sleeves to make and record our decisions.  We don’t have to start from scratch, though, since there are, oh, about 7,000 planning guides out there to choose from.  Today our job is to pick one out and get it in hand as soon as possible so we can keep moving along.  I think of planning guides as being like baby books – they come in many different styles and approaches.  Also – just like baby books, once you choose one, you still have to fill it out, which is not always easy.  But that’s what we’re doing together – no apologies will be necessary to your survivors-to-be.  Plus, filling out this guide we’re choosing now won’t stretch out in time.  Memorial Day will be here soon and we’ll be done! First decision – do you want to use [link to read more…]

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Planning Ahead: introduction

We’re all just trying to get the laundry done, as my friend, Betsy, says. We know it’s important to plan ahead for things related to dying, death, funerals and wills, both for ourselves, our parents and others we have responsibility for.  But so many, many things of all sorts get in our way! We’ll change that – by Memorial Day!   We’re picking Memorial Day as the timeline for this process because the first big tip the experts tell us is to STRUCTURE IT IN.   That is, by linking taking action to a specific date, it’s much more likely to happen.  It’s crucial to do this planning for ourselves and others once, certainly.  What we are doing right now is getting our plans in place by using Memorial Day as a deadline.  Then, once your plan is made keep reviewing the plan on a “structured in” basis – by revisiting your [link to read more…]

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6 Reasons We Are Using Cardboard for Our Coffins

It may seem cheap. Amazon packages all of their wares in cardboard boxes. Cats and five year olds love cardboard boxes. Anything can be in a cardboard box. Yet before you pass judgement, please think about why we adore cardboard and believe it’s the most perfect product to use for a coffin.  1) Cardboard is lightweight and durable Cardboard was a happy accident in a paper bag factory. Quickly it went from a simple box to hold ‘golden flakes’ of cereal to an intrepid engineer using corn starch to glue triangles sandwiched between the original idea. Remember that riveting Geometry Pythagorean Theorem lesson you made an ‘A’ in? That’s what is going on in corrugated cardboard giving it that hidden Superpower strength. Tired of lugging around wooden crates, the new cardboard product was quickly made popular in the shipping industry in the early 20th century thanks to the lightweight nature. [link to read more…]

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Empty Coffins

by Jordan Faas-Bush There are coffins in my basement. My mom is a Natural Burial Consultant. She helps people know about options and plan ahead. She also sells eco-friendly coffins and caskets to families looking for a green alternative to soaking bodies with chemicals, sticking them in a metal box, then surrounding them with concrete and putting them in the ground. Last I counted she had eleven different caskets sitting in the basement of all different types of materials. They range from paper mache ones to banana leaf to pine, each biodegradable and each annoyingly heavy to carry (with the exception of the cardboard ones). I have moved more caskets around the house and to the car and into the living room than I care to count. The strangest part about it all, the absolute strangest part of it all, is that it isn’t strange. It seems like someone who [link to read more…]

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