A Dying Well Plan Part V

By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice
Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy.
– Eskimo legend

Ways to Honor our Passing

Planning our funeral arrangements prior to death is a tremendous gift one can give the people in our lives. The time when we are in the mist of our grief is not the time to be burdened with the planning and preparations of a celebration of life. It is a frequent regret of the person who is sick that they did not take care of these things before they got too far into their illness that they had no energy to even think. The options are endless, unique, affordable, inexpensive, outlandish, spiritual and so many other adjectives. Limited only to our imagination. Here are a few examples. Whatever the option, choose, plan and execute, give the gift of simple grieving to those most important to you.

Tree burial

Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli might have a solution. They call it Capsula Mundi — “world’s capsule” in Latin — and it’s an egg-shaped, organic casket that’s suitable for ashes, too. Once buried, they say, the biodegradable plastic shell breaks down and the remains provide nutrients to a sapling planted right above it. Bretzel and Citelli believe that death is as closely related to consumerism as life. Their goal? To create cemeteries full of trees rather than tombstones, reduce waste, and create new life out of death.


The Cryonics Institute provides suspension at cryogenic temperatures also known as cryonics. We provide long-term storage and security for members at our cryonics facility in Clinton Township, MI. We specialize in full-body cryo-preservation of humans and pets, DNA & tissue storage as well as cryonics outreach and public education about the cutting edge science we are engaged in. Members are afforded the opportunity to be preserved at cryogenic temperatures in hopes that future medical technology may be able to someday revive and restore them to full health.


Celestis conducts memorial spaceflights, affordably launching the spacecraft to, and returning from, outer space; orbiting planet Earth; to the Moon; and soon into deep space. As spaceflight turned from concept into reality, it was inevitable that Memorial Spaceflights would become an integral part of the space age. Celestis is the only company to have successfully conducted Memorial Spaceflight missions, the only company to have been selected by NASA to honor one of its scientists, and for more than two decades an iconic pioneer and global leader of the commercial space age.


Human remains shall be prepared for burial at sea and buried in accordance with accepted practices and requirements as may be deemed appropriate and desirable by the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard or civil authority charged with the responsibility for making such arrangements. In addition, state and/or local requirements may apply to the transportation of human remains on land, for example, to locations other than cemeteries.

Memorial Diamonds

A cremation diamond is made from the carbon contained in the ashes and hair.
The carbon is extracted with temperatures as high as 5,000 degrees, and subjected to intense pressure. It’s put into a growth capsule, which is then placed into a growth chamber. Within the chamber, crystals slowly form to create your unique diamond.
After the rough diamond is formed, a diamond cutter then facets it into the desired style which you have selected in advance. Although the many stages can take several months to complete, that’s just a minute compared to the millions of years it takes the organic way.

Promession (fertilizer)

What if you can choose a method that helps reduce your ecological footprint? What if, after death, your body can make a positive effect on our precious elements; earth, water and air? What if this method offers you the flexibility to design a ‘farewell’ in such a way that it reflects you personally, whether you prefer a traditional or a one-of-a-kind funeral, all within your budget? Promession® can help you do just that. Promession® is an environmentally friendly and ethical improvement to both burial and cremation. If you prefer to be buried, our innovative method prepares your body for a burial that mimics nature’s way of decomposition. Within a year the organic remains will be fully integrated with the soil, enabling you to bring your precious carbon back into the earth, and this helps reduce climate change.If you wish to be cremated, but have concerns about the toxic emissions released, then Promession® is also your best choice. Instead of burying the remains you can opt for a green cremation, with significantly less impact on the environment. The choice is entirely up to you. Just inform yourself and make a choice that really matters.

Eternal Reefs

An Eternal Reef is a designed reef made of environmentally-safe cast concrete that is used to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. Eternal Reefs takes the cremated remains or “cremains” of an individual and incorporates them into an environmentally-safe cement mixture designed to create artificial reef formations. The Eternal Reefs are then placed in the permitted ocean location selected by the individual, friend or family member. Everything Eternal Reefs does is permitted through a number of local, state and federal agencies. Eternal Reefs are only placed on reef sites designated for development as recreational reefs for fishing and diving. These are public reefs and are enjoyed by everyone. The Eternal Reefs process for including cremated remains has been approved by the US E.P.A. In making an Eternal Reef, we can use all, some or none of the cremated remains and we frequently include pets with their other family members.

Cremation Hourglass

People are becoming more and more creative with how they choose to memorialize themselves after death. As cremation becomes an ever more popular choice over burial for final arrangements, people now have more time and options than ever to create an interesting way to be remembered. Some choose to have their ashes scattered in a specific spot. Others choose to tattoo the ashes into something meaningful. It’s even possible to become a part of what will be the world’s largest artificial reef through cremation. In this article, we will discuss the interesting choice to ditch the traditional cremation urn for an hourglass urn.
A cremation hourglass urn is simply an hourglass filled with the ashes of a loved one after they have completed the cremation process. The hourglass urns come in many colors and sizes with various themes, like a nautical theme. Initials or short messages may be engraved on the hourglass as well. Hourglass urns come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from a large table-top hourglass and small pendants for jewelry. This allows flexibility in how much of the ashes is needed to complete the piece. A larger hourglass may be better suited for a single statement piece in a place the family spends its time together. A tiny hourglass pendant is better if multiple people wish to carry a piece of their loved one with them, especially if family members live far apart.

End of Life Plan Resources

https://www.everplans.com/ (POLST and Advance Directives)
http://inelda.org/ (Doula)


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