The Economics of Death

This video is a bit data-heavy, but maybe that’ll be what drives you forward?

Good information here!


From the video

Study after study recommend that the best strategy to manage expenses for end of life care and funeral is planning.

YES.  Yes yes yes.  There’s so much to think about–and no matter whether your angle is financial, quality of life, or reduction of stress for your loved ones, planning is THE WAY to get there.

It’s not hard to do, just hard to start.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

The Urban Death Project is COMING!

Do you remember me talking about The Urban Death Project?

Architect Katrina Spade and her group ran a Kickstarter last year to do the research and exploration on large scale composting of human remains;  I chose to support the project because I love the idea of having my body return all its goodness to the earth in such an efficient manner.   With cities currently running out of burial space, and the burials that do happen more often than not doing nothing but damage to the earth in the process, it definitely makes sense from multiple angles.

Recently, The Urban Death Project sent out an update with this article from the Seattle Times and a very encouraging video along with it:




 Picture: Lauren Frohne/The Seattle Times


So–2023.  Recomposition, here I come!

The Urban Death Project is fundraising for construction costs now, and will begin building the prototype as soon as it’s funded, with utility by the general public as soon as seven years from now.

I’m so excited!

What’s in the bag, really?


With the meteoric rise in cremation rates in the United States (and globally), one big concern seems to come up again and again:

 How can I be sure these are my loved one’s ashes?


And if general fear of the unknown and unfamiliar isn’t enough to make you uncomfortable, there’s this–the case of mysterious faux cat ashes, from an experiment done by the Freaknomics team.




In this case, if the Freakonomics team is to be believed, there was definite fraud on the part of the pet cremation companies, as no ashes would have remained from some fur and hamburger.


Just exactly what you want to have to worry about when you’re considering cremation of your loved biped, right?

Luckily, the human cremation market is much more regulated.   The Everplans team explains here how the industry regulations require tracking (both durable and not) of bodies all the way through the process, and how you yourself can be sure the remains you get back are indeed your loved one.


Graphic from Everplans


Because this is clearly an ongoing and widespread concern, one of our favorite Death folks has even done a video to put your mind at ease: