The Cemeteries Of The Future – Controversial And Intriguing Projects
Due to limited space, the authorities will have to find, as soon as possible, new solutions for burying the dead in the big cities. A controversial project is the one designed by DeathLab, a design company in the United States. This project is called Constellation Park and could host over 5,000 corpses to be suspended in special coffins. The suspended cemetery will be built under the Manhattan Bridge in New York.
The coffins shaped like pods will host the corpses that will decompose normally and the biomass will be turned into energy that will be used to light bulbs for grieving, which will give rise to a whole constellation.
The bulbs will stay on for about a year, then they will go off normally and the relatives will take the remains to make room in the coffin for another corpse. Good to know is that fact that the suspended cemetery will provide space for only 10% of those who die annually in New York City.
World cities are becoming overcrowded, and the land available for cemeteries is limited, so the cost of a funeral is becoming greater.
There are other solutions in this respect, like the temple in Tokyo that was turned into a place where there can be stored funerary urns of over 7,000 families. Here, after they enter a code, the relatives will be able to grieve the death of their loved one after the urn will come out from the place where it is stored.
In Iraq and Norway, there are vertical cemeteries and in Mexico City will be built the Tower of the Dead, a cemetery that will take the form of an underground tower located at a depth of over 25 meters.
Promessa, a company in Sweden, suggests that the body to be sprinkled with liquid nitrogen to freeze and become brittle, and then be subjected to vibration and disintegrate in order to be transformed into ashes in minutes. It seems that the first orders have already come from Germany, UK, Spain and South Korea. This procedure costs only $500, which is cheap compared to a normal funeral that costs thousands of dollars.
Installing the new cemeteries will be difficult due to the resistance of the funeral industry, which in USA alone brings an income of over 16 billion dollars. Moreover, the reluctance of many people makes the acceptance of the new systems very difficult, because they are accustomed to traditional funeral rituals.