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Bury Me Naked

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Bury Me Naked stele / laina corazon c12
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oh bury me on the lone prairie /g c
where the dirt is soft and embraces me /d g
to become the grass along the stream /g c
to feed the deer in love in spring / em am d

give me a shroud, or a box of pine / c g, d g
or bury me naked, it’ll be so fine /d g

mother earth will embrace me then /g c
to decompose, then recompose again /d g
I’ll feed the earth, as she fed us all /g c
may others begin, when I do fall/ em am d

to become the eyes of meadowlark /g c
and vixen’s ears for her mate do hark /d g
and coyote’s throat that sings at night /g c
and (yellow) wings of dancing butterfly/ em am d

give me a shroud, or a box of pine / c g, d g
or bury me naked, it’ll be so fine /d g

need another “to become…” verse
with 4 more lifeforms here

so come along to my new home /g c
and be at ease, as you see me roam /d g
for the dirt has turned me you will see /g c
into bugs and leaves and critters free / em am d

give me a shroud, or a box of pine / c g, d g
or bury me naked, it’ll be so fine /d g
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To Whom It May Concern, From Me, Steven Eugene Ely “Stele”:
I have a will and living will hanging around on my desk somewhere, but here it is online:
If I am near the end of my life or I have an illness that has less than a 50% chance to improve, I do NOT want CPR.

I prefer not to be buried in a costly metal, wood or concrete coffin, but a simple cheap softwood coffin would be ok.
My mother would like some of my remains to be near her in a drawer where she has arranged to have her ashes and other family members put. Therefore, once I have decomposed in or on top of the ground, I would appreciate it if someone would obtain some of my hair, pieces of bone and/or soil containing my decomposed self and put them put next to her. If possible, I would even prefer to be allowed to decompose on top of the soil, probably eaten by birds, coyotes, beetles, worms and bacteria, but if that does not work out, that’s ok. Although its not what I prefer, if my family wants to cremate me, that’s ok.

Wish 1: The Person I Want to Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can’t
My sister, brother, mom, dad, step bro Dre W or step bro Sha Ne.
Wish 2: The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don’t Want
Pain meds only. No life support systems if I am very ill or near death.
Wish 3: How Comfortable I Want to Be
Pain meds only. Hospice please.
Wish 4: How I Want People to Treat Me
I would like to be at home. Others are invited to dance, sing, eat vegan food and play folk/sexy/new age/happy/classical music.
Wish 5: What I Want My Loved Ones to Know
Anything they want to know is fine – I don’t think I have any surprises in my possessions or history.
Again, To Whom It May Concern, This was from me, Steven Eugene Ely “Stele”

FYI: http://www.upworthy.com/the-way-doctors-think-about-death-is-pretty-different-from-the-way-their-patients-do

I empower my R o (sister) b i n , my D a (brother) v e or S a n (Mom) y, or D r (step) e w and S h (bros) ane to ok my wishes. [I wrote the names like this so they would not come up in web searches.}
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Laina Corazon (co-writer) founded the Prairie Wilderness Cemetery/ green burial project. According to the Prairie Wilderness Cemetery initiative:: “We continue in our efforts to create green burial options in Colorado, with the ultimate goal of combining nature restoration and preservation with low impact burial. MISSION: To establish a low cost, low impact cemetery with natural landscaping and restore a prairie wilderness ecosystem. ALONG THE WAY: We advocate for green burials in all cemeteries. We strive to educate consumers about their rights and options in all funeral and burial decisions. We continue to seek partners in our efforts to acquire land and work with existing cemeteries.” More info at freewebs.com/prairiewildernesscemetery
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Another superb green burial song hook, Grave Matters, is taken from the book Grave Matters by Environmental journalist Mark Harris. Help Stele write this one too.
Excerpt from Grave Matters: For all its verdant landscaping, the typical cemetery functions less like a bucolic resting ground for the dead than a landfill for the materials that infuse and encase them. Over time, the typical ten-acre swatch of cemetery ground, for example, contains enough coffin wood to construct more than 40 houses, nearly 1,000 tons of casket steel and another twenty thousand tons of vault concrete. Add to that a volume of toxic formalin nearly sufficient to fill a small backyard swimming pool and untold gallons of pesticide and weed killer used to keep the cemetery grounds preternaturally green. More info at GraveMatters.us.
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Sponsor this demo song with $1 – or more – so we can fine tune and record it so it will sound really nice. Then we’ll get it out there even more so it can help the people and the critters. Own part of the copyright and get your name on the by line. More info below.
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Resources:
Green Burials, Return Naturally www.greenburials.org
What is a green burial? Simple and natural. Green burial, or natural burial, ensure the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects.

Green Burial Council www.greenburialcouncil.org
The Green Burial Council is a nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in the death care industry and the use of burial. The Green Burial Council aims to encourage sustainability in the interment industry and to use burial as a means of ecological sustainability.

Natural burial – Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_burial

Green Burials on the Rise – Newsweek
www.thedailybeast.com … green-burial-options-increasing
More Americans are choosing to decompose directly into the earth.

Burials and Cemeteries Go Green : NPR www.npr.org › News › Science › Environment
Environmentally friendly funerals are catching on in some areas of the U.S. as an alternative to traditional burials.

Green burials are gaining traction in the Washington area www.washingtonpost.com …green-burials
People who drive hybrids, recycle and compost can also die in an eco-friendly way: a green burial.

A dying wish to be ‘home for fish’ CNN search for dying green at cnn.com Carole Dunham, 69, loved the ocean. Last July, she was diagnosed with cancer and had only a few months to live. Dunham knew her last …

Green Burials Offer Unique, Less Costly Funerals nationalgeographic.com
From artificial reefs to outer space, alternative burial options abound. More people in the U.S. are chosing environmentally friendly burials.

Worldwide, more than 50,000,000 people pass away each year. Traditional burial and cremation practices can have significant negative on our planet’s biosphere
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6 comments to Bury Me Naked

  • Via BigThink.com Funeral business. Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-

  • Via BigThink.com Funeral business. Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-

  • via Treehugger: Worldwide, more than 50,000,000 people pass away each year. Traditional burial and cremation practices can have significant negative environmental impact, but green funerals and eco-burials are one way to lessen the impact. While death can be a difficult subject, keeping ethical beliefs and environmental convictions in mind while tending to end-of-life arrangements can create a meaningful send-off–not to mention a lower-impact one. After all, if you gotta go, why not go green?

    … modern crematoriums have made significant reductions in emissions. Plus, as many cemeteries, particularly in the U.S., have rules and regulations stipulating the use of concrete vaults, coffins, and other such requirements that use significant resources and space, becoming one with nature isn't as straightforward and simple (or quick) as it may seem. Cremation, therefore, may make more sense from a green perspective, after all.
    http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-fu

  • See the **A Will for the Woods** movie: http://awillforthewoods.com/
    Green burial is a simple and natural alternative to resource-intensive contemporary burial or cremation. The deceased is laid to rest in the earth​​ using​ only biodegradable materials​ ​and ​without a vault​ or toxic embalming, in a woodland or other natural setting, often with a fieldstone or indigenous plant marking the grave. ​This practice can be used as a conservation tool, enabling the acquisition, restoration, and stewardship of natural areas. Simple natural burials were prevalent for thousands of years (and still are in many​ parts of the world, including in traditional Muslim and Jewish burials) before the contemporary funeral industry propagated expensive and elaborate funerals as the standard.

  • http://www.greenfuneralscolorado.com/
    Excerpt by Victor Forsythe: A green burial has many advantages over traditional Western burials, and not just because they’re more environmentally friendly. Green burials are typically less expensive (sometimes less than half the cost of traditional burials), and can be more meaningful and less depressing for family members. Regardless of what you believe about an eternal soul, there is a visceral comfort in knowing that your body will find its way back into the cycle of life on earth, and that your death will not be one more nail in the coffin (pun intended) for the Earth that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will continue to inhabit.

  • Egg-shaped burial pods feed the trees and turn cemeteries into forests
    In another twist on green funerals and eco-friendly burials, two Italian designers envision a new way of paying it forward, even after death.
    In the attempt to make cemeteries, funerals, and burials greener, many different ideas have been put forth over the last couple of decades, including one which can turn your loved ones into compost, but this concept goes a step further and envisions planting "sacred forests" with the bodies of the deceased serving as fertilizer.
    The Capsula Mundi concept, from designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, uses an egg-shaped burial pod made from biodegradable starch plastic as the coffin, in which the body is placed in a fetal position and buried under the ground. A tree (or tree seed) is then planted over the top of the pod, which will use the nutrients from the decomposing body as fertilizer for its growth.

    http://www.treehugger.com/culture/egg-shaped-buri

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