Around the world, every day, every hour, every second, medical treatment is unable to prevent death. When doctors, nurses and hospitals can do no more for a patient, another industry steps in.
World Death Rate: ~2 people die each second.
Traditional Western Customs:
The two most common methods for the disposal of corpses are:
- Cremation (Burning the body) or
- Interment (Burying the body)
- Today, the average North American traditional funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000.
- Fee for the funeral director’s services: $1,500
- Cost for a casket: $2,300
- Embalming: $500
- Cost for using the funeral home for the actual funeral service: $500
- Cost of a grave site: $1,000
- Cost to dig the grave: $600
- Cost of a grave liner or outer burial container: $1,000
- Cost of a headstone: $1,500
But what about other methods? My all-time favorite is “sky burials”…no, not space shuttle burials. This:
The traditional Tibetan Sky Burial involves a corpse being dismembered by trained professionals and left outside (in one of the 1075 sky burial sites) for animals to feast upon.
Today, 80% of Tibetans choose to have Sky Burials.
Then, too, there is the monetary value of your body:
Personally, I am sticking to a nice, lonely crypt with a lock on the inside, separate enclosure for my phylacteries, and an assortment of undead guards and tomb traps.
Via BestMedicalDegrees.com for the full infographic.