Most people believe that they don't like talking about death. Regardless of this, you'd be surprised at how many lengthy, meaningful, and constructive conversations we've had with perfect strangers who had just discovered that our family builds caskets. Sometimes it's questions revolving around the concept of "can you do that"? Most of the time the stranger launches into a story about a particularly unique funeral experience. So our society is afraid of talking about death? Maybe we're afraid of our own death, but we certainly don't hold back all of our feelings on death. The burial is easier...until it's time to actually plan it.
A few years back, Bob Butz, author from the Traverse City Area, was approached by his publisher to essentially plan his own burial and write a book about it. His book is a very open, human (including humor, disgust, and fear) journey into the feared task of taking care of one's body after death. Most of us have the luxury of leaving the final details of our burial for the living. Bob went through it all, including his final task of physically digging a grave in his own back yard. Of course, you should have the funeral that you want. But if you wish to discover what this means, you have to learn about the options.
I wanted to e-interview Bob and highlight his book because his burial journey is the perfect primer for those who want to consider the options, without stifling seriousness. Here is a link to the book trailer for Going out Green. Here are the questions: