1. This actually seems like a great topic for a public library, and the writer seems knowledgeable and sensible. However, the way the book is presented (The many fonts! The spiral binding! The ridiculous blurb on the back!) makes me think that surely there is SOMETHING else out there on the same topic that won’t make my patrons cringe visibly when they see it on the shelf.

  2. Agreeing with Emma. This is a good subject for a public library, but it really does need updating.

  3. I’ve seen so many of those stupid commercials about how much it costs these days just to throw a body into the ground I figured why bother doing all of that? It’s not like I’m going to care since I’ll be dead and all. Besides, the way the world is going they’ll probably be digging mass graves or incinerating a lot of bodies soon.

  4. I’m all with an interviewee from mary roach’s book stiff: “when I die take me out there and blow me up”

  5. I agree that this is a great topic; it just needs to be up to date. Also, I’m reminded of the “So you’re going to die” pamphlet from The Simpsons episode “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish”: static-media.fxx.com/img/FX_Networks_-_FXX/593/503/Simpsons_02_11_P2__258613.jpg

  6. (personal preference) Donate to Science!
    However I agree with Emma, this is a very worthwhile subject for a newer and hopefully better edited book.

    1. It’s surprisingly hard to donate to science these days, though–schools are pretty picky and they only draw locally, and you usually can’t do that and donate your organs so you have to pick one in advance.

      Basically once we go we’re a couple hundred pounds, give or take a bit, of biohazardous trash, and it’s not exactly a seller’s market for that.

  7. I personally prefer something akin to a sky burial so that nature can take my body back. I do not think such a thing may be legal in the US, however.
    I like the writer’s style, though it needs updating and the lack of professionalism in publishing is risible.
    Caitlin Dougherty is a sensible and straightforward mortician who could also publish a book like this, and the advice would be a lot more up to date. http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/about really helps people move beyond the phobia attached with the inevitable funeral.

  8. Could you please publish the pictures or illustrations for “free burial sites”, I think it needs some practice…

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