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"Popularity of woollen coffins soars" in the UK.

Which made me wonder whether if I were dying I would like watching friends knit me a woollen coffin. Or what it would be like to knit my own.

(Although actually I want to be cremated, and it would be a shame to burn up good knitting with my body.)

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graymalkin13
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
I love the idea of a woollen coffin. Watching people knit it sounds very comforting, and the coffin itself would be very cosy. I too want to be cremated, but if I were going to be buried, I would appreciate the use of materials that would return to the earth along with me. I don't want anything left behind, taking up space and using up resources like wood or metal.

*reads article*

I like the other alternative coffin materials listed in the article, but I like woollen best because if you can watch your friends knit it, it's much more personal and comforting.

Excellent article.

Edited at 2012-06-13 06:11 am (UTC)
graymalkin13
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
I think this article is my favorite thing that I've read all year. :D
ysabetwordsmith
Jun. 17th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Wow!
Knitted coffins, how awesome.
epi_lj
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
I've always been on board with the cremation option, but with qualms, because it both creates greenhouse gasses and because I wasn't sure how much of a "natural cycle" thing it was to burn all the stuff I've taken in over time. A little while ago I read somewhere about a procedure where they basically freeze-dry you or something and then use powerful low-frequency sonic waves to reduce you to your consistent elements. I have to look this up again and get a better idea of how it works. That seemed like it might be better. One of the options was to then mix it in with soil and plant a tree in it, which seemed like it would give people a place to come if they wanted to visit.
firecat
Jun. 25th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not particularly attached to cremation; it's just that personally I don't like the idea of having a body-sized chunk of land set aside for the exclusive use of my body for several hundred years longer than I am alive. 10 or 25 years, no problem, if that's what the people left behind want. Or freeze-drying, or being made into jewelry, or whatever.
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