Curl Me Up, Stick Me In A Pod, And Turn Me Into A Tree

Two Italian designers have come up with an intriguing idea: when you die your remains are placed inside a biodegradable capsule, buried in the ground, and topped with tree seed or an actual tree. Your body then becomes mineral nutrients for the tree and allows it to grow.

Soon cemeteries with tombstones become memorial parks with trees.

 

I'm the evergreen in the middle. (Image from Wikipedia)

I’m the evergreen in the middle. (Image from Wikipedia)

 

Though the process is not yet legal in Italy, apparently some American and English locations would allow it.

More information can be found in the article: Bye-Bye Coffins! These Organic Burial Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die. There you’ll find images that better illustrate the process.

I don’t know about you, but I find the concept fascinating. I’ve tossed around the idea of a green burial for myself. Though I’m not a granola—and I do shave my armpits—I like the thought of my molecules becoming part of the earth.

 

Then again, I did wear these 'earthy' shoes with my scrubs in residency… (Image from Wikipedia)

Then again, I did wear these ‘earthy’ shoes with my scrubs in residency… (Image from Wikipedia)

Does this appeal to you? What type of tree would you want to become?

 

 

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standing color cropped tiny for blog postsCarrie Rubin is a medical thriller author with a background in medicine and public health. Her novels include Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.

262 Responses to “Curl Me Up, Stick Me In A Pod, And Turn Me Into A Tree”

  1. Celine Jeanjean

    That’s a really nice idea! Same as you, I’m not too mother earth-ey, but I do like the idea of being part of the circle of life like that. Also I like the idea of not having a tombstone — there would be something quite joyful in going to see a beautiful tree and knowing it’s connected in some way to a loved one.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I agree. Wind blowing, branches swaying, leaves bristling. It’s all very peaceful, and I think it would be lovely to live on like that.

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  2. jeanjames

    I absolutely LOVE this concept!! I would much rather see a beautiful forrest of trees than a spooky old cemetary. I would definitely want to be one of those old oak trees that you see in the south with the moss hanging from the branches. BTW I cast my vote, good luck!!

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  3. Britt Skrabanek

    What?!!!! This is too awesome! I know you’re shocked this girl’s on board. 🙂

    Ooh, I don’t know if I could pick a tree, because I love so many of them. I think I would let Mother Nature decide. Once we joined forces she could have her way with me.

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  4. Marti

    What a fantastic idea. I think I’d like to become one of those big old trees that live for hundreds of years and I could watch time go by one day at a time

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Exactly. Circle of life is what I thought too. Our molecules continuously becoming something else. That’s comforting, I think.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, that would be my luck too. Someone would make a mistake, and I’d end up as a field of dandy lions. Or poison ivy.

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  5. 2bcreativeblog

    I would be open to it. I want to be cremated for sure. Don’t need the body. We are even getting away from having the traditional funeral in our family. Now we pick a day everyone can get together and go to the cemetery and say our goodbyes as they put the urn in the ground. Simple and we have had time to adjust. 🙂 Doesn’t seem as sad.

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  6. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    I would like to become an oak tree that would be turned into a cask used first for Kentucky bourbon and then shipped to Scotland and used for single malt Scotch.

    “Oh death, where is thy sting?”

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    • Carrie Rubin

      A family heirloom that gets passed on from generation to generation. Not a bad idea at all! (Though it might creep its wearers out. 😉 )

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  7. valentinelogar

    I think this is a very cool idea. Though right now I have donated my body to science prior to burial, why not pass it to the earth thereafter.

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  8. Barb Knowles

    I can’t decide if this is really cool or really creepy. Seems like a forensic anthropologist’s nightmare. I have to think about this more.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Never thought about it from a forensic pathologist’s or anthropologist’s viewpoint. Good point. Would be tough to pull off an exhumation, no doubt.

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  9. hilarycustancegreen

    That’s my plan too, though I didn’t know about the pod. I am planning to be buried in a whicker (bio-degrades quickly) coffin in woodland. A tree on top would be great – can’t decide what.

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  10. daniheart21

    I think that’s a fabulous idea for those that wish to be buried. Glad someone is thinking with their head. 🙂

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  11. Melanie

    I’ve wanted to do this (or something similar) for over twenty years. I totally should have patented it. I’ve always told anyone who will listen that I am to be cremated, then dig a hole, dump me in, and plant a tree. I don’t take up that much space in life. I don’t want to take up that much space in death (“that much” being the length and width of a standard coffin). I figured a tree would be more memorable and longer lasting that a concrete headstone, and better for the world. I wanted to leave something good in my place.
    Their idea is totally better though, to allow the body to nourish the tree – as one gets smaller, the other gets bigger. Sign me up!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      It’s a wonderful idea, isn’t it? To live on in nature is very appealing. You were ahead of your time in considering it! Maybe you can take up the American side of the business. 😉

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      • Melanie

        As long as I can be the office staff and not have anything to do with test runs or actual hands-on work once it’s established. I’d prefer to live my whole life and never see a dead body. 🙂

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  12. Bruce Thiesen

    Nomination for Carrie’s book: Done (last week).

    Birkenstocks: Long gone. Left behind in another place and another time. If I return to either, I could revert.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, my Birks are long gone too. But they saw some great mileage in those hospital halls.

      Thanks for the nomination!

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  13. Ally Bean

    I like maple trees because of the colorful leaves in autumn. And I like weeping willows because of the graceful branches. Of course, cherry trees are nice with yummy fruit. And then there are birch trees whose bark is useful. I DUNNO WHAT TREE I WANT TO BE!

    Could I be a grove?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I don’t see why not. The Grove of Ally Bean. There could be picnic tables, activities, cotton candy. Very festive. Oh wait, you’re an introvert like me. Better put up a No Trespassing sign. 😉

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha, no sugar coating things for you! I’d thought I’d go the cremation route too. But now I’m thinking green might be the way to go. As long as I don’t contaminate anyone’s ground water. Ew.

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