Originally Posted: July 11th, 2014
Updated: January 4th, 2020
A few days ago, I came across an insightful article by Alli Magidsohn (Graves That Save). It investigates sustainable funeral arrangements, as well as the philosophy behind the Sustainable/Green Death Movement.
Alli got a chance to interview Jae Rhim Lee, the creator of the Infinity Burial Project. I stumbled upon Jae’s project several years ago while researching mushrooms. Though I’m not a member of the Decompiculture Society (yet!), I’ve been telling everyone I know about the possibility of my corpse being consumed and detoxified by fungi. In my mind, it’s a fantastic goodbye gift.
“Denial of death is deeply ingrained in our culture, but I think that environmental stewardship begins with accepting that we are mortal, that we are physical beings who eat, breathe, shit, die, and decay, and are therefore intimately connected to the larger ecosystem. We care for the environment because we are a part of it and it is a part of us.” – Jae Rhim Lee (Graves That Save by Alli Magidsohn)
I reached out to Alli on Twitter to commend her for writing the article; she replied with a joke about receiving a poem from me.
Of course, here it is–and in less than 140 characters!
“Untitled” (July 11th 2014)
in your keep, that wizened frame
now ripe with ancient
july 11th 2104