Going Out Green : One Man's Adventure Planning His Natural Burial

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-21
  • Publisher: Spirituality & Health Books
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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 beginsp. 1
The Second Week Wherein a memory of worms offers a glimpse into the futurep. 11
The Third Week Wherein the color of death is revealed, meat is made, bones are scattered and vultures carry the spirit to heavenp. 18
The Fourth Week Wherein the spirit of a natural burial is compromised by people looking to make a buckp. 29
The Fifth Week Wherein the real lesson of Edward Abbey's burial is learnedp. 39
The Sixth Week Wherein plans are again altered and the meaning of a green burial preserve is exploredp. 47
The Seventh Week Wherein bubbling blisters are broken, dirt flies and a big friggin' hole is formedp. 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 exploredp. 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 learnedp. 93
The Tenth Week Wherein issues of privacy thwart efforts to observe the embalming of an actual human cadaverp. 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 ransomp. 113
The Twelfth Week Wherein a search for meaning ends in a place where there is nonep. 123
Suggested Readingp. 133
Suggested Viewingp. 135
Green Burial Advocacy and Resourcesp. 135
Earth-Friendly Caskets and Coffinsp. 137
Burials Shroudsp. 139
Natural Burial Preserves in Americap. 139
Home Funeralsp. 141
Funeral Alternativesp. 146
Death Midwifery Classes and Seminarsp. 146
Finding a Death Midwifep. 147
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