Art of Dying Volume One - Page 63

Envision an egg-shaped pod – an ancient and perfect form made of biodegradable material – where our departed loved ones are placed for burial . This is Capsula Mundi , a cultural and broad-based project which embraces a different approach to the way we think about death . Ashes will be held in small Capsulas ; bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods . The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth . A tree , chosen in life by the deceased , will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the the future of our planet . Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows . Cemeteries will acquire a new look and , instead of the cold grey landscape we see today , they will grow into vibrant woodlands . The project is still in a start-up phase , but encouraged by worldwide enthusiasm for this concept , we are working to make it a reality .
Capsula Mundi can help people change their approach to death . We think that our design will create a cultural shift . For this reason , we decided to use the egg as a secular and universal symbol of life , incorporating the fetal position and tree as inspirations for re-designing the traditional coffin . Our clients are sensitive and eager to talk about death and dying . They always emphasize their appreciation of the profound difference between visiting their deceased loved ones in a forest instead of a cemetery . And they love the idea of giving back to the Earth !
Modern society is far removed from Nature and we lose awareness that death is just a natural passage of our life . We have forgotten that we are part of Nature : the human body is mainly made up of nitrogen , sulfur , phosphorus , calcium , magnesium ( in addition to carbon , hydrogen and oxygen ,) all indispensable substances for vegetation . Capsula Mundi offers a way we can return to Nature ’ s life cycle .
One can choose the tree their remains will feed . We suggest making a choice in respect to the climate zone and the local environment . We have recently asked our audience , “ Which tree would you like to be ?” and received so many answers . It feels good to pick a tree instead of a headstone and almost everybody has a “ favorite ” tree !
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Envision an egg-shaped pod– an ancient and perfect form made of biodegradable material– where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. This is Capsula Mundi, a cultural and broad-based project which embraces a different approach to the way we think about death. Ashes will be held in small Capsulas; bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands. The project is still in a start-up phase, but encouraged by worldwide enthusiasm for this concept, we are w ɭѼЁɕ() ձ5չѡ)ɽѼѠ]ѡѡЁȁͥ)ݥɕєձɅ͡иȁѡ́ɕͽݔ)Ѽ͔ѡ͕́ձȁչٕͅ)嵉Ʌѥѡхͥѥ)ɕ́Ʌѥ́ȁɔͥѡ)Ʌѥ=ȁ́ɔ͕ͥѥٔ)ȁѼхЁѠ她Q䁅݅)ͥ锁ѡȁɕѥѡɽչ)ɕݕ٥ͥѥѡȁ͕)ٕ́ɕЁѕѕ丁)ѡ䁱ٔѡ٥ѼѡѠ()5ɸͽ䁥́ȁɕٕɽ9ɔݔ)͔݅ɕ́ѡЁѠ́ЁɅͅ)ȁ]ٔɝѕѡЁݔɔЁ9ɔ)ѡյ䁥́䁵ɽ)ձȰ̰մͥմѥ)Ѽɉɽ坕ͅ)Չх́ȁٕхѥ ձ5չ́)݅ݔɕɸѼ9ɗé危)=͔ѡɕѡȁɕ́ݥ)]՝ЁɕЁѼѡ)є齹ѡ٥ɽи]ٔ)ɕѱ䁅ͭȁՑq]ɕݽձ)ԁѼtɕٕͼ䁅ݕ̸%)́Ѽɕѕѽ)Ёٕ剽䁡́qٽɥїtɕ)Y=1U5$((