With all due respect to followers of belief systems unfamiliar to me, please don’t convert my remains to compost after I die.
You see, last year the state of Colorado became the second of three states (Washington and Oregon are the others) to legalize the composting of human remains (aka “natural reduction”). Yeah, I know. And today local news dutifully reported the first “laying out ceremony” in Florence, Colorado.
Okay, people. You do you. If you must. But I can’t imagine doing this or asking it be done. In my admittedly small little old-fashioned world, people have spent centuries figuring out ways to thwart decomposition after death. I can’t help cringing at the idea of deliberately encouraging a body to rot, er, decompose.
I’m guessing even the best embalming methods and most expensive caskets cannot stave off the inevitable forever. Maybe that’s why human composting got legalized in the first place. Just cut to the chase. Save a lot of time, money, and real estate.
Thanks, but no thanks. Somebody please “bless the earth” with my ashes, not a cubic yard of naturally sterilized and composted me.