No matter how much we cling on to our lives, we are reminded of death each time a loved one passes away.
When the dear departed wish to be buried in unmarked natural graves for the sake of purity of nature and for the sake of leaving graves ‘green’, one has to forego the luxury of being able to find the deceased’s grave easily in a yard. American funeral directors have announced what is being touted as the world’s first ‘iGrave’. It apparently uses a GPS satellite to allow relatives to track down the burial site in the midst of grass, plants and other growth.
The new system would be put in place at The Preserve, which is a 1.5 acre natural burial site in Lafayette, Indiana. The deceased’s casket would have a GPS transmitter disk and when there is no casket available, they would just drop it into the grave before filling it up. The transmitter would function for ‘several years’ before they cease to work. Staff and family would be given readers that would help to detect the location of the transmitter and thereby, find the departed’s burial site in the midst of lush greenery.
The good folks at Daily Mail may have confused these transmitters to use GPS technology, wherein they seem to use RFID technology, much like the comments say at the end of their article. It doesn’t really matter if the technology used is RFID or GPS. What matters is that people have begun to locate dead ones in grave yards with the help of technology and this may just be the beginning.
We may soon end up using out smartphones to connect with dead, literally! You could also take a look at Accurate Clock, which reminds you that you will die one day for sure. The 13 Skulls Art is yet another Memento Mori, which reminds you that death is lurking around the corner.