An Investment Banker Digs Into the Death Industry
Great story. And, yes, I want to become compost, after being an organ donor and dissected at a local medical school.
This was a thoughtful and interesting article. It makes sense that humans return to dirt. The funeral industry and religion has convinced us that means putting the whole body into the earth.
What a great story!
Thoughtful article and of course well researched and written. Considering the financials, it’s still a bit costly. A friends mom recently donated herself to UCLA, and they came at no cost and spirited her away. End of life is certainly something inevitable and often ignored while we’re kicking the gong around. Well done JW and thanks for the reminder!
Very odd first story of the year but perhaps the most important. I’m going to share on FB but will wait for 1/2😀
I see you have started out the year with a bang! You still got it , Jane.
What an outstanding piece! I loved the multi-media additions, and even followed the rabbit holes you sent us down (though had an issue with the link to your COVID funeral piece - not your fault). I usually don’t do this!
Your piece raises more questions, and the best way to be disposed of is a question I’ve thought about, particularly since I’ve lost a father, a brother-in-law, and friends these past few years.
Who knows, one day I may be ready for the compost bin!
(And have you lost some weight?)
Holy Compost Batman!
Another amazing article by @janewells
"Would anyone care for some tasty Grandpa tomatoes?"
Happy New Year! I love Janes “voice” and it comes through clearly today. Interesting thoughtful and leaving me pondering-I love how these stories stay with me when so few others do! Sincere Thanks Jane!
Wonder if anyone in Hawaii might be inspired to pivot-off the Terramation trend to start, or restart, a new one?
Roll the t-shirt presses:
“Become part of paradise!”
“Go out with a bang!”
“The last drone out.” Etc etc..
They could use consumable drones optionally flown by the family of the deceased into a hot-spot of their choosing. And, for those special many who lived a full and rich life of sin, a hand-basket equivalent for their final thrill ride 🤔
Ahhh, the cultural can-of-worms that might open!
I’ll be thinking about this story for awhile. You make me do that with most of your stories. Thanks!
Happy New Year Jane, you are off to a strong start. For anyone who has difficulty with the topic of death and funerals I would like to recommend one of the best movies of all time it has a strong story arc, and an even stronger character arc. Ask your funeral home of choice if they have seen it! It is a way to help people struggling with the reality of it in their own lives. Of course it won an academy award, but it won 5 stars from me which is more important. File this under " Its there when you need it." Also its a comedy. Its called Departures and is from Japan. Here is the link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXTP_wRSHQw