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Death's Footprint

Do you want a solid African mahogany casket with “Bolero” red interior or do you want to compost your body in a big old worm bin? That pretty much sums up this Chicago Matters piece about people’s changing views about what we want done with our bodies after we die. Includes a great description of resomation: a process I’d never heard of in which a body is boiled in a “non-toxic” chemical brew until it becomes dust. Dust, they say, safe enough to use as fertilizer. I don’t know about the actual feasibility of composting oneself or whether I’d want to use human remains as fertilizer, but interesting none the less. Listen. Air it.