Technically, graveyards could be used for more environmentally friendly purposes, such as solar or wind farms. The problem here is what to do with the bodies? Sure we could creamate all bodies, but not everyone wants this, alot of people take solace in knowing where there loved ones lay. When it comes to death and dead loved ones, the issue becomes something different, and deeper than a purely logical argument. You would be hard pressed to find even the most controvertial of green advocates to suggest turning graveyards into areas of production.
For those of us that are not sentimental, graveyards may seem like a waste of space. However, graveyards can always be built over, though it’s more convenient if there aren’t any big, fancy gravestones in the way. In fact, after decades or centuries of a graveyard being in place, the land is sometimes reused for other purposes. Families are notified and able to exhume bodies of loved ones, if they so desire. There are eco-friendly ways to even kick the bucket, one being to donate any healthy organs at the time of death, as well not be embalmed. Placing the body in a plain wooden, biodegradable box into the ground, with not much of a marker, is an eco-friendly way to bury a body.
They are a “waste of space” in that they do not produce anything and take a lot of resources and money to maintain. However they hold sentimental value to many of the families of those that are contained within the grounds.
I think they are a waste of space. I also hate the idea that a lot of modern caskets don’t let the body decompose “gracefully.” This is something most people don’t realize. “Under the most favorable circumstances, a body after six months in the grave would simply be discolored and possibly covered with mold. If the body has had the misfortune to have been sealed in an airtight metal casket, though, anaerobic bacteria–that is, those that thrive in an airless environment–will have had a chance to get to work, and the body will have putrefied, meaning it will be partially liquefied. The smell in such cases is indescribable. Simple wooden caskets, believe it or not, often result in more gradual decomposition.”
So we use these impregnable caskets that in the end, hold nothing but liquified human remains. It’s just a huge nasty mess and waste of space. I doubt that’s the way most people want to be memorialized. I think we’d be much better creating a memorial, garden, or work of art for our loved ones. I appreciate the fact that cemeteries provide a green space, but it’s a wasted space because the living can’t use it! We can’t play or have our dogs on cemeteries.
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Yes. There are better purposes for the space since people can be cremated or a number of other options that do not take up space. A lot of times they dig up cemetaries and relocate them when needed, or in extremely rare conditions they have flooded and fallen apart. When a person dies, their physical senses disappear or diminish….so other forms of ceremony aside from burial can be utilized to honor, respect and remember the deceased.
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