The holidays are no time to think about death. But then again, many of us will be re-connecting with extended family during the holidays, and we can’t help but notice that our folks are “getting up there” in age. A new report from Northwestern University points out that obituaries have a large and loyal readership. Consider the fact that Legacy.com ranks in the top 100 websites, making it the world’s most visited graveyard.
Death Becomes Us–How Culture Is Redefining the Way We Die
Death is a fact of life. But before Boomers face morbidity en masse, our culture will redefine it. Death is becoming newly-ritualized. The objects associated with it are being re-invented and re-designed. Check out the new “eco-pod coffin” from the Natural Burial Company. It begs the question: why leave a giant carbon footprint on your way out? How reassuring to be cradled in a recycled paper coffin as a final absolution for years of over-consumption.
Death will go the way of food. Online news sources and local papers will reshape how we communicate about it. Just as culinary icon Ruth Reichel observes, “America has become a food culture. It has moved from being in the women’s section to front-page news.” Similarly, obituaries will be elevated to new status. The trend is already being seeded….one eco-coffin at a time!
This blog appeared on Huffington Post.
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