Cemeteries across the world, particularly in cities, are dealing with serious issues of overcrowding.
Death is a part of life: but environmentally harmful burial practices, overcrowded cemeteries and unaffordable funerals are denying many the right to a good death.
Many of the tombs in Japan are elaborately decorated. Nearby visitors can buy flowers, buckets. brooms and other gardening tools to tidy up the graves.
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In a Japanese tree burial, cremated remains are placed in the ground and a tree is planted over the ashes to mark the gravesite. Environmental responsibility is part of Buddhism.
Mass cremations in the city of Bengaluru, India, due to the large number of COVID-19 deaths.
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As cremation grounds struggle to keep up with the long line of people dying from COVID-19, age-old customs are being pushed aside.
When a life ends, those who remain deal with the body.
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A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
Cremation on the banks of the Ganges river, India.
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When the 1918 influenza pandemic struck India, the death toll was highest among the poor.
Funerals, as we know them, will regrettably but necessarily be another of our social rituals that must radically alter in the short-term.
Artist’s impression of the proposed ceremonial space of the Recompose facility in Seattle.
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Composting burial could revolutionise bodily disposal in Australia. The need for a sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional burial practices is becoming increasingly urgent.
Would you prefer to be buried or cremated?
Migrant communities believed having a physical resting place gave them a sense of settlement in Australia.
Aerial view of a proposed Burial Belt.
With space in our cemeteries running out, we could bury the dead in new forest developments that would bring green space to our urban areas.
Guess how much the average funeral now costs. Hint: it’s more than most people pay for a second hand car.
‘Green burials’ that use biodegradable coffins or lessen the environmental impact in other ways are on the rise.
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Although ‘Game of Thrones’ -style funeral pyres are still out of bounds, Americans are increasingly turning to cheaper, greener and more meaningful ways to dispose of their loved ones’ bodies.
Death of the salesmen.
A failure to innovate could mean the death of the traditional industry.
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Traditional burials take up space that could be used for forest or farmland.
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How we die, as well as how we live, has profound and lasting effects on the environment. Nowhere is this more true than in China, the most populous nation on Earth. According to the National Bureau of…