Nobody is going to live forever
Nobody is going to live forever. Our days are numbered here on earth. It doesn't matter if your 15, 30, 50 or 80, nobody is guaranteed tomorrow. There is no doubt that one hundred years from now, nobody reading this will still be alive, unless of course there are major medical breakthroughs.
I am approaching the Big 6-0 and constantly thinking of how I want to be laid to rest. My religion of Judaism believes in burial since the body will someday resurrect when the Messiah finally comes. The Dilemma is, I do not like the idea of my body deteriorating with bugs eating me through a wooden casket. Orthodox Christians believe similar in that the body should not be cremated.
|Rosen at his portrait studio in|
Homer, Alaska 1984...
Intellectually cremations seems like the perfect way to leave this earth. You are not taking up expensive real estate that will become scarcer and scarcer each year. You will not pollute the land with expensive coffins. Coffins are very expensive on top of that the morticians put gallons of embalming fluid, and tons of metal and exotic hardwoods from coffins into the ground.
Throughout the United States there is increasing interest in natural burial as a way to honor lives that have been lived with care for the planet.
Natural burial, also known as "green burial," was the standard practice in our country until the Civil War, when it became common to preserve the bodies of fallen soldiers in order to make the long trip home by train from the battlefields. Since that time, natural burial has continued to be quietly practiced in the United States by members of Jewish, Muslim and some Christian faith communities.
There are all kinds of funerals and services for the departed. The concept of celebrating the person's life and having a party verses a traditional funeral has become very acceptable.
Religion can dictate whether you are buried or cremated. My friends in Alaska burnt on a stake their departed friend per his request. There are also wartime burials at sea.
|Rosen with 3 silver salmon|
1983, Rocky River, Alaska...
I believe the Hawaiian Paddle out is the most romantic way to go, religion aside. The Hawaiian paddle out has my endorsement and is the way I wish to go. A beautiful ceremony where friends and family paddle your remains out to sea. When all the canoes and kayaks are gathered a touching ceremony of spreading the ashes along with flowers and leis is so touching that I every time I witness one of these I get chicken skin.
I am not concerned with man made rules of religion. I am more concerned with a personal relationship with the Lord my God.
"If you eat one apple a day for 80 years, you won't die young." Blackie Sherrod
|Rosen at friends farm on Kaua'i with his sister Linda|
and brother-n-law Marvin back in 2008...
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