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New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« on: December 14, 2016, 06:54:56 AM »
I happened to find a Facebook post (I can't recall which group or page it was from) some time ago that posed this new idea of leaving behind a tree instead of a tombstone after we die. It works like this, first be cremated and then have the ashes buried along with a tree seed of your choice and then (at least when the tree has reached its full growth) you will have left behind a tree as your marker of your life instead of a desolate tombstone. I personally found this idea to be very intriguing, and to have merit to it. I mean, the comparison seems to make the one more preferable seem obvious. 
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 07:35:39 AM »
It's a fine idea--I'm all for it.  :blue smiley:
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 07:43:16 AM »
I'm leaving behind a pile of ash and a slab of pavement - out of pure spite.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 10:08:04 PM »
I actually want to do this, but have not have my body burned.
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2016, 07:56:03 PM »
I'd love for my ashes to be buried under a bonsai. :tellmemore:

There's just something about mini trees.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2016, 11:53:58 PM »
I'd love for my ashes to be buried under a bonsai. :tellmemore:

There's just something about mini trees.

Ha at one point I wanted my remains to be used to grow peyote but I've abandoned the idea now that I no longer talk to drug users.
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2016, 11:56:16 PM »
I prefer to rot where I drop.

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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2016, 12:13:29 AM »
I am on board with that idea.  A tree will be far kinder and far more valuable to the earth than a brass, marble, or granite tombstone......    I doubt that my ashes would  provide much nourishment for a tree but lets have the tree any way. Bury my ashes along with a fish or some other contribution to the soil.

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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2017, 01:53:34 AM »
I can't believe I missed this thread. I am fascinated by the different things one can do with a loved ones' ashes. And this is probably the one I would choose for myself. I'd like to be in the country, and maybe have a fruit tree planted on top of me, so that maybe a teeny weeny part of me could feed a bird or house some bees or whatever.
Or i could just get thrown in the trash. I'll be dead. I won't much care!
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2017, 02:36:18 AM »
I prefer to rot where I drop.

Me too. I used to joke that when it was close to my time to die (if it be by slow natural causes) I would just wander off into the woods and let the earth reclaim me. At least, I said it jokingly. For me, it wasn't a joke.

I don't want my body to be pumped full of formaldehyde and entombed in an impenetrable box.  I want my body to become one with the earth as soon as possible without adding pollution to the environment. However, I really like the idea of planting a tree instead of a tombstone.

I am reminded of the tradition of the Pequeninos from the Ender's Game series.

Fathertrees.

Sounds backwards and superstitious from a sci-fi novel perspective but it makes sense to me. So, yeah...put a tree seed in my corpse and let it grow.

Two thumbs up.

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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2017, 03:32:05 AM »
Enders Game: my very very favorite sci-fi series ever. My cousin loved it so much, she named her first born son Ender.

And as for more natural means of after-death care, there's a growing movement of people wanting no embalming, no treatment, just being left for nature to reclaim, either by burial (that's actually good for the earth) or cremation. If you're at all interested, you should check out Caitlyn Doughty on YouTube. She's a funeral director in L.A. (I think), doing alternative care for the dead. She's entertaining and inspirational and educational. I want to be her.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2017, 03:59:18 AM »
Thanks Dragonia, I'll check it out. Disposal of my body is something that I have given serious thought to. I simply do not like the current traditional options.

Still, a cemetery full of trees is a beautiful thought.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2017, 07:03:52 AM »
Enders Game: my very very favorite sci-fi series ever. My cousin loved it so much, she named her first born son Ender.

And as for more natural means of after-death care, there's a growing movement of people wanting no embalming, no treatment, just being left for nature to reclaim, either by burial (that's actually good for the earth) or cremation. If you're at all interested, you should check out Caitlyn Doughty on YouTube. She's a funeral director in L.A. (I think), doing alternative care for the dead. She's entertaining and inspirational and educational. I want to be her.

That's what I want to do, even though I'm only 24 I think about what I'm doing with my left overs. Definitely considered leaving myself in the ground naturally and have a tree planted over me.
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2017, 07:36:32 AM »
Good idea, but not original.

Schemes exist here in the UK but, unfortunately, they are either trees for your own garden (marketting strstegy) of dedications of existing trees in existing forests or arboretums (fund raising strategy).

Sorry for my scepticism but can't find a scheme thst garantees the tree's ecistence until it dies a natural death. But, even then, it will have done something for the enviroment and gone towards balancing the CO2 produced during incineration or rotting in the ground (though the latter involves no "fossil" CO2 release). (Hmm, perhaps there should be a law to say all crematoria are fuelled only by "new" gas from waste food digesters?)

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Re: New idea: Leave a Tree Behind (Instead of a Tombstone)
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2017, 02:54:33 PM »
Enders Game: my very very favorite sci-fi series ever. My cousin loved it so much, she named her first born son Ender.

Cool cousin! I liked that series also. The movie was ok (got to double for Harrison Ford on that one).

I'm all for being a tree when I go. Doesn't really matter to me, but it's nice to be kind to the planet on the way out.

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http://www.lifegem.com/