The idea of coming full circle and returning to whence we came from appeals to many of us, regardless of our faith (or lack thereof), and this is an idea captured perfectly by this beautiful new burial method developed in Italy. The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel has developed organic, biodegradable burial pods that will turn the deceased’s body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.
After being encapsulated in the fetal position, the deceased is buried, and a tree or tree seed is planted above the capsule. The project’s site already has several trees to choose from.
The project is currently only a concept because Italian law forbids such burials. However, if allowed to proceed, the project would aim to create memorial parks full of trees instead of tombstones. And instead of destroying and burying wood for wooden coffins, we would provide sustenance for new trees at the end of our lives. And indeed, the idea that our loved ones and descendants could visit our tree, care for it and rest in its shade is genuinely comforting.
An Italian Company Came Up With An Eco-Friendly Alternative To Coffins
Instead Of Visiting Cemeteries, Mourners Will Be Able To See Sacred Forests
Each Client Will Be Able To Choose Their Favorite Tree
The People Buried Inside, The Pods, Will Become Nutrients For Their Selected Trees
The Appeal Of These Burial Pods Is That The Human Body Can Serve As A Source Of Life To A Tree And Provide An Organic Form For Living Loved Ones To Visit.
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