If you don’t like the idea of a traditional funeral, these organic burial pods might be something to consider. The Capsula Mundi project might one day result in an entire memorial park of trees, thanks to our lost loved ones.
This Italian concept involves placing the deceased body into a foetal position, in a moving tribute marking the passage from life into death.
Each burial pod is fully biodegradable, and planted along with seeds and healthy soil. “Imagine, you could become a tree”, a feature video from Capsula Mundi says.
For people who prefer the idea of cremation, Capsula Mundi will also offer “The Bios Urn”. This is a small biodegradable container which stores your ashes below the Earth, mixed with soil and seeds.
“An embedded seed takes nourishment from the ashes, as it grows into a tree”, explains Capsula Mondi’s video. “Soon instead of gravesits, we’ll be visiting this (memorial garden)”.
Capsula Mundi is still working with Italian lawmakers to permit burial pods, as it’s not currently legal to dispose of bodies in this way.
However, many Starts At Sixty readers have previously said that traditional funerals are too expensive, time-consuming and over the top for them.
“A wonderful idea”, one Starts At Sixty reader previously wrote. “I won’t need an expensive coffin to take me on my journey to the afterlife”.
Would you be comfortable if your remains were turned into a tree? Does a traditional funeral appeal to you? Or are funerals too expensive in Australia?