Some friends of Val have suggested that her body should be buried at Plumwood Mountain, although this would seem to require approval by various bodies, including Council, Coroner and doctor. Other friends have suggested the cemetery at Majors Creek (16 kms south of Braidwood) where her son is buried.
There has been a suggestion that cremation should be considered and Val’s ashes scattered or buried at Plumwood Mountain. I think that this would not be a favoured option for Val. In Val’s paper (Tasteless – see the category Ecological death on this site), she was strongly against current funeral practices that failed to position humans as part of the food chain. The paper talks about an ecological form of death where the body becomes part of “the feast in a chain of reciprocity”, and understanding “life as circulation, as a gift from a community of ancestors and … a flowing on into an ecological and ancestral community of origins.” Val was critical of conventional practices that buried bodies below the level of soil fauna activity. She saw death and “burial and bodily decay as the ground of entry to a sacred ecological community.”
So, I think Val would most likely want to be buried not cremated, where her bodily decay would nuture other life forms at her place. I suspect her preference would be to buried at Plumwood Mountain, rather than in a cemetery.
What are your views?
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This discussion is now closed. Many thanks for everyone’s input and the rich discussion.