natural burial rhetoric


Adapted conference presentation I gave at the Rhetorical Society of America’s biannual conference. The presentation is an introduction to how natural burial challenges dominant cultural ideas: how it challenges what counts as “natural”, how it challenges ways we think about time, and how it challenges the idea that who gets memorialized is more important than what gets memorialized. It’s thick on scholarly terms but hopefully still accessible–I believe there is poetry inherent in dying well. May it serve as a means to reflect upon our culture’s values as revealed in “final” legacies.

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3 Thoughts on “natural burial rhetoric

  1. cnmmnc8852 on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

    The “green movement” is another scheme of the New World Order. The Rhetorical Society is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies which is/was funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, under the umbrella of Mellon Financial Corporation as well as the Rockefeller organizations, as a Keynesian-styled revision of individual choice for a NWO “sustainable” model enforced by the so-called LEARNED elite. Also,Executive Director of Green Burial Council was a JESUIT minister,more NewWorldOrder´╗┐

  2. ThomasFriese on April 3, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

    Eliminating pollutants is commendable!

    But “burial parks” with no signs of the dead do not integrate´╗┐ death but try to deny it by making it invisible. Enduring markers are symbols of hope and transcedence. We could create beautiful natural areas WITH attractive markers. Use boulders, not marble!

    Trees alone as markers will lead to charming but anonymous forests. An engraved boulder AND a tree!

    Finally, green burial does NOTHING new to assure grave perpetuity.

    Visit Perpetua’s Garden

  3. surfusnavy on April 3, 2012 at 9:48 am said:

    Hey K.,
    This is REALLY good.´╗┐ Going “green” should permeate our entire character and EVERY action, even those post-mortem. Well done. Keep thinking and posting. DM

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