I’d probably be a bigger supporter of burial if there was some environmental justification for it. You know, someone dies, take the body as is, drop it in a wooden box (shiny optional) and bury it in a hole. As time goes on, the body and box rot, and we complete the circle of life by returning to the soil where we can be properly recycled by nature. Much better than the current practice of filling us with chemicals, dropping us in a lead-lined box inside of a concrete bunker in the ground. We’ll still rot, but the decomposition serves no useful purpose. Yes, it would be better, but I think history has taught us the dangers of putting a bunch or rotting human corpses over/near the water table…darn disease.

Cremation is no bargain either as we’re just roasted to cinders, and the remaining ashes serve no useful purpose. Hmmm…maybe they could change cremation a bit to use the bodies as available bio-mass for bio-diesel. I can see it now…

"Ted. That was the nursing home…You’re father has died."

Sniff…"Oh my God…How could this happen? What are we gonna do?"

"Well…the Jeep does need the tank filled…"

"Good point…let’s get to the funeral home before my sister."

Maybe instead of cremation, bodies could be pressure-cooked down to charcoal. Charcoal is an excellent fertilizer and the process would certainly take care of any bio-hazards. Heck, if we could use some of the bodies to fuel the pressure cooker, funerary services could rapidly become completely carbon neutral…just a thought…

I should probably go now…