Shrouds Seize the Limelight
The rule of simplicity, which works so well in life, works great in death also. Which brings us to the shroud--one of the most significant items rising over the retail horizon of the 12-billion dollar funeral business. Jesus was wrapped in one. Here's a little snippet of Charlemagne's shroud (and I think Oscar de la Renta would approve).
Devout Jews and Muslims have much to teach about simple, earth-friendly burial, and they stick with the simplest and purest of shrouds. Here are some pretty fabulous shrouds currently on the market. It is lovely to be bathed, dried, shrouded then casketed in a biodegradable box. Some people prefer to be dressed in nice street clothes, but you can still be wrapped in a family quilt or shroud after that, and then casketed if that is the requirement or preference. It's all about simpler, greener, family-focused options today, and my new motto is, "It's all good." At eco-friendly, progressive cemeteries, shrouded deceased people are likely to be accepted for burial on a burial board (which can be as simple as a re-purposed plank of foot measuring 22" wide by 72" long) and no casket at all. For cremation, however, most crematories insist upon rigid cardboard boxes (but the deceased could be shrouded inside).