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Through memoir, boots on the ground research, conversations with his wife, and a serious degree of levity, Butz considers the options for his final act on Earth. In chapters like, "Wherein a memory of worms offers a glimpse into the future," and "Wherein the spirit of a natural burial is compromised by people looking to make a buck," Butz thinks about the unthinkable, and tells it like he finds it: . What happens to our body when we die? . Is six-feet-under enough? . What about grave robbers? Includes background on the growing movement toward natural burial preserves and cemeteries in the U.S. and Canada, as well as source information and a bibliography.
Table of Contents
|The First Week Wherein the adventure of planning a green burial begins||p. 1|
|The Second Week Wherein a memory of worms offers a glimpse into the future||p. 11|
|The Third Week Wherein the color of death is revealed, meat is made, bones are scattered and vultures carry the spirit to heaven||p. 18|
|The Fourth Week Wherein the spirit of a natural burial is compromised by people looking to make a buck||p. 29|
|The Fifth Week Wherein the real lesson of Edward Abbey's burial is learned||p. 39|
|The Sixth Week Wherein plans are again altered and the meaning of a green burial preserve is explored||p. 47|
|The Seventh Week Wherein bubbling blisters are broken, dirt flies and a big friggin' hole is formed||p. 65|
|The Eighth Week Wherein a family's obligation to a deceased loved one is questioned and the work of a death midwife is briefly explored||p. 81|
|The Ninth Week Wherein the question of where to buy dry ice is answered and more on the art of a death midwife is learned||p. 93|
|The Tenth Week Wherein issues of privacy thwart efforts to observe the embalming of an actual human cadaver||p. 103|
|The Eleventh Week Wherein a state adopts legal amendments that rob families of rights and money by allowing the funeral industry to hold a loved one's body for ransom||p. 113|
|The Twelfth Week Wherein a search for meaning ends in a place where there is none||p. 123|
|Suggested Reading||p. 133|
|Suggested Viewing||p. 135|
|Green Burial Advocacy and Resources||p. 135|
|Earth-Friendly Caskets and Coffins||p. 137|
|Burials Shrouds||p. 139|
|Natural Burial Preserves in America||p. 139|
|Home Funerals||p. 141|
|Funeral Alternatives||p. 146|
|Death Midwifery Classes and Seminars||p. 146|
|Finding a Death Midwife||p. 147|
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