Tradition can often cast a fog over a beautiful view.
Ever since I began vocalizing my disbelief in a god I have been asked about my thoughts on death. People often will ask questions like: “Aren’t you worried that nothing happens to you after you die?” My response has remained the same for some years now.
A beautiful process will begin when I pass away. I plan to be cremated and the ashes spread into the earth. It is here where my remains will continue to unite with the earth and the nutrients from my remains will help create new life. I see this as a form of unconscious reincarnation. Unconscious being quite important, here.
In my mind this view trumps those sold by traditions which tend to further detach and remove the human body from earth. Filling carcasses with chemicals and burying them in a container to further separate them from the earth is unnatural and unsustainable.
In addition to the outdated method of dealing with bodies, I feel that the method of mourning the deceased is outdated as well. Let me first start by saying I realize the importance of mourning and the process as a whole. However, the modern funeral (in my experience) is comprised of a socially constructed duty to stare at a coffin and ponder how sad one is to have lost a loved one. Often this is done repeatedly through various ceremonies.**
In contrast to these outdated ceremonies some cultures around the world celebrate the deceased. The mourning process is comprised of a celebration of life. Instead of having a funeral I strongly believe that a “life celebration” is a healthier way toward healing. Sincerely celebrating a life is beautiful mourning process that emits love and positivity.
**I just want to point out that I mean absolutely no disrespect toward these traditions. I simply believe it is time for more people to consider one of several better alternatives including what I have outlined here.
(Title courtesy of Alt-J)