Archive of ‘Body Disposal’ category

Death semiotics

Yesterday I experienced the incredible power of semiotics. Semiotics is the study of signs/symbols and their socially constructed meaning. I first came across semiotics reading Chris Weedon’s “Feminist practice and poststructuralist theory”. An easy to understand, funky, short history from semiotics to poststructuralism can be found here and here with an article called “Poststructuralism explained with […] Read more…

Converting cemeteries into forests

bios urn

“The Bios Urn is a fully biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after life. Mainly composed of two parts, the urn contains a seed which will grow in the name of your loved one. Bios Urn turns death into a transformation and a return to life through nature.” http://urnabios.com/ Watch video here. Read more…

Have you seen a dead person?

Funeral Rights book - Facebook message

When my son, Robbie, died in a car accident 2 years ago, I felt this legal and cultural urgency to organise the funeral quickly. I do not know where this feeling came from. No one advised me otherwise. I was swept up in the funeral process. I made lots of rapid decisions in my disassociated […] Read more…