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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2011, 09:08 
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/31/AR2011013100570.html

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CRESTONE, Colo. -- Belinda Ellis' farewell went as she wanted. One by one, her family placed juniper boughs and logs about her body, covered in red cloth atop a rectangular steel grate inside a brick-lined hearth. With a torch, her husband lit the fire that consumed her, sending billows of smoke into the blue-gray sky of dawn.

When the smoke subsided, a triangle-shaped flame flickered inside the circle of mourners, heavily-dressed and huddling against zero-degree weather.

"Mommy, you mean the world to me and it's hard to live without you," called out Ellis' weeping daughter, Brandi, 18. "It's hard to breathe, it's hard to see and it's hard to think about anything but you."

The outdoor funeral pyre in this southern Colorado mountain town is unique. Funeral and cremation industry officials say they are unaware of any other place in the nation that conducts open-air cremations for people regardless of religion. A Buddhist temple in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., conducts a few funeral pyres, but only for its members.

Ancient Vikings lit funeral pyres to honor their dead, and it is accepted practice among Buddhist and Hindu religions. But the practice is largely taboo in the U.S.



I would love this.Though five gallons is a lot of ash.


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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2011, 20:15 
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With our dog's death, I've been thinking about this a lot. Thanks for sharing.

It sounds nice.

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Seems to me that cremation is pretty much the same thing dressed up with Christian ceremony though?

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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2011, 06:39 
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Cremation is so sterile, though. And it takes place in an oven, so it lacks some of the visceral release that a pyre provides, IMnsHO, replacing it with other connotations.


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PostPosted: 10 Feb 2011, 08:58 
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I think you can do cremation with any type of ceremony. This is definitely more organic in nature.


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