Organic Burial Pods – The Beautiful New Burial Method That Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

People these days aren’t only looking for ways to live a unique and interesting life, but also unconventional methods to be buried when passing away.

Firework funeral, reef burial, cremation art, cryonics, and turning your ashes into a memorial diamond are only some of today’s burial alternatives that will make you rethink the way we’re buried.

But if none of these options appeal to you, then designers Anna Citelli’s and Raoul Bretzel’s Capsula Mundi just might; especially if the idea of coming full circle and returning to nature is how you’d like to go. This new and beautiful burial method is the “first Italian project created to promote the realization of green cemeteries”. Take a look!

The Capsula Mundi project is designed to encapsulate the deceased (put in a fetal position) inside an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that will turn your loved one’s body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of the remains.

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The pod basically serves as a container. It comes in an old perfect shape made with modern material (starch plastic).

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Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and then a either a tree or a tree seed is planted on top of it.

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The project’s site has a number of trees to choose from. The tree is chosen when the person is alive and when death occurs, relatives and friends will look after it.

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The project’s aim would be to create entire memorial parks full of trees instead of tombstones.

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It does have an eco-friendly appeal since instead of destroying trees for wooden coffins, our bodies, at the end of our lives, would provide sustenance for new trees.

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Capsula Mundi is currently only a concept because Italian law forbids such burials. If someday the project is allowed to proceed, we will have the option to visit our loves ones not in cemeteries, but in sacred forests instead.

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