Burial Revolution: New Ways Of Dealing With Dead Bodies

Burial Revolution: New Ways Of Dealing With Dead Bodies

Laying in a coffin for eternity? That's so passé. These days, you can become a diamond, a coral reef, or even artwork on someone's wall. Check out some amazing new developments in the after-death industry, and start considering what you might want to do with your remains. (We're big fans of the mushroom death suit!)

This Suit Turns Corpses Into Edible Mushrooms

Wearing a mushroom suit after death may be one of the most eco-friendly ways to go.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The mushroom burial suit won the 2013 design for death competition at a funeral director convention in Austin, Texas. (0:13)

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    The Mushroom Burial Suit is embroidered with edible mushrooms to help decompose a body. (0:27)

Your Loved Ones Can Keep Your Tattoos When You Die

Would you keep the tattoo of a deceased loved one as a memento?

3 Things To Do With Your Body After Death

You could become a diamond after you pass.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    70% if England's population is cremated. (0:37)

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    Companies like LifeGem will use chemicals to extract the carbon from your ashes and turn into a diamond. (1:00)

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    Halmstad, Sweden uses their crematorium furnace to power homes in the town.  (2:37)

You Could Turn Your Remains Into A Coral Reef

Imagine becoming a home to fish and other marine life post-death.

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Liquefying Bodies After Death

Alkaline hydrolysis produces less pollutants than cremation.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Alkaline hydrolysis is also known as liquid cremation. (Contrary to rumor, it does not involve acid.) (0:58)

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    Inside an alkaline hydrolysis machine, bodies are broken down by a hot, high-pressure mixture of water and lye. (2:07)

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    Alkaline hydrolysis is said to be a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. (2:54)

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