Simple question. I realize the emotional side, that embalming preserves the body in such a way that having a wake so grieving loved ones can “look at you one last time” and say goodbye. However, not all wake appearances go over very well, particularly with people that die from accidents that maim them in some way, and a funeral director’s makeup can only do so much. Plus the body usually looks so pale, and often not at all what they looked like while they were alive.
But…in this modern era of “going green” and “reducing your carbon footprint” and every other common catchphrase…why do people still opt for this?
You’d think that organ donation and “donating” your body’s organic matter to the earth by not having your corpse embalmed, NOT having a lead-lined, waterproof casket that costs thousands of dollars would be a more logical choice, and in fact, a better one than cremation. What’s wrong with humans not recognizing that our organic matter is no more special once dead than other animal matter, and that it does in fact literally feed the earth?
Why does this practice persist? I suppose I don’t really get it, other than to view it askance and assume its all about the mourners and on the business side, for predatory funeral directors to make money (“Don’t you want his head resting on the softest pillow for eternity”, etc).
I mean, it isn’t like you are going to dig up Grandpa a couple decades down the road to “see how he’s looking”.
I don’t know. I guess as I age I believe that people should rethink their final wishes.