I hope I live long enough to be composted. The other night as I was falling asleep, I found myself thinking about writing funeral instructions for my survivors. The best I could come up with was, “What do you I care? I’m dead. Do whatever makes you feel better.” My husband knows I’m not comfortable with the idea of being embalmed, encased and interred. Cemeteries seem like an awful waste of space and I have misgivings about purchasing real estate, even two-and-a-half by eight feet of it.
An architect named Katrina Spade wants to give us an alternative to traditional burial and cremation that’s both humane and ecologically sound. She developed The Urban Death Project, a system for turning corpses into compost. Echoing Green, a foundation out of New York, has awarded Spade a fellowship to help her build a prototype of her design in Seattle. Because everything good happens in Seattle, even for the dead.
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