Body snatching! Buried alive! The search for immortality. Humanity has always had a complicated relationship with death and the afterlife. Elaborate embalming rituals and funeral customs bely our deepest anxieties about the cemetery that awaits us all in the end. We have erected great monuments to the dead, and assembled macabre memorials with their bones and mummified remains. We have robbed graves, stolen body parts and fashioned morbid objects with human skin. From ancient crypts and catacombs to Victorian mourning and the lifestyle of the modern taphophile, dig up peculiar stories of death through myth, legend, history and graveyard 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? You don’t have to resort to a standard cemetery burial. 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.