Transform Loss Into Life With These ‘Capsules Of The World’

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

No one really likes imagining their own passing, or planning the many funerary arrangements — but one design firm is asking us to rethink our perceptions of life and death.

The designers at Capsula Mundi, an Italian design company focusing on burials, has recently designed a new burial method that’s currently making waves all across the internet.

Instead of a coffin created from wood, or a sprawling cemetery filled with cold, gray stones, they’d like to see something a little different — something that celebrates life, nature, and the memories of our loves ones.

Their vision? An eco-friendly burial practice where cemeteries aren’t full of headstones — but are instead bursting with lush, living forests!

The idea is to use the vibrant life of nature to honor those who have passed, the way one man created a living memorial for his wife.

This vision means overhauling the funeral home industry. It means all biodegradable materials, and no harsh embalming fluids. And instead of a carved stone, a living tree would mark each burial site.

What do you think of this new burial method? Do you prefer more traditional funerals, or do you like the idea of a memorial forest? Let us know in the comments below!

[H/T: Can You Actually]

Instead of cutting down trees to make coffins and room for new cemeteries, designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have proposed something radical.

They want to reconnect humans with the Earth, both figuratively and literally, with their new funeral pods: Capsula Mundi.

Capsula Mundi means “capsule of the world,” and it’s made from a starch-based, biodegradable plastic in the shape of an egg.

The body would be placed inside the capsule, in the fetal position, and then buried “like a seed.”

In place of a tombstone? A beautiful living tree, honoring the lives of our loved ones in a very special way.

The pods, with the bodies inside, would decompose naturally into the soil — while above ground, the tree would grow and flourish.

The type of tree would be selected by the deceased person or their family, and would be a species native to the area in which they lived.

As a result, a burial ground would eventually turn into a lush forest full of native trees — a living ecosystem all dedicated to the memory of loved ones!

And because they would be classified as cemeteries, the forests would effectively become nature preserves — providing havens for other plant life and animals and conserving biodiversity on Earth.

Although the trees would not bear plaques or markers, each one would be tracked via GPS, so family members could find it and come to pay their respects.

Imagine enjoying a picnic beneath the shade of your loved ones, rather than somberly leaving flowers at a gravesite.

This model shows how the Capsula Mundi would look.

Right now, the project is still in its concept phase, and the team is developing differently sized capsules for cremains and beloved pets.

Citelli and Bretzel hope that the Capsula Mundi will be adopted all over the world, cutting down on material and chemical use.

They also hope that watching the cycle of life will help people change their attitudes about death.

Some people may feel uneasy when thinking about decomposition, but Capsula Mundi aims to show people that this in a natural process that allows life on Earth to continue — and that it has no bearing on celebrating the life and memories of those who have passed.

But many people seem to like the idea. It’s even generated some fan art from around the world.

It’s unclear whether this will become the new way of interring our dead, but it’s an interesting concept to think about.

Imagine how different the world might look if instead of massive cemeteries, we had forests.

You can learn more about its development and philosophy on the Capsula Mundi website, as well as on Facebook.

If the Capsula Mundi were available, would you choose this method?

Let us know in the comments, and SHARE with your friends to see what they think!