Humanity has had a complicated relationship with the afterlife for as long as death has been an issue. We have erected great monuments to the dead, and assembled macabre memorials with their remains. From bizarre archaeological discoveries, bone churches, catacombs, and mummies, to the alternative ways we’re being buried today, dig up peculiar stories of death through myth, legend, history and modern cemetery exploration.
Cremation and coffin are no longer the only funeral options. Sure, you could have someone discreetly dump your ashes in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland like everyone else. But what if you want something different? Maybe you want to go out with a blazing viking funeral, or you want to hitch a ride on a rocket into space. You might want your ashes made into glass jewelry or pressed into a vinyl record. Maybe you just want the simple afterlife as human compost. These days there are numerous alternatives to the standard funeral, and green burial options give us more choices than ever before.