Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, August 12, 2019

The New Art of Dying

TombstoneThe funeral industry is booming with new innovations and is now worth more than $17 billion. Some of these innovations are expanding on traditional methods of burial, while other business are finding new creative ways to carry out their client's dying wishes.

Obituaries are more readily available online rather than print, and the inventive new funeral methods are just as modern. These involve:

  • Orbit in outer space
  • Transformation into a diamond
  • Green burial
  • Celebration of life instead of a somber funeral
  • Digital tombstones
  • Smart library
  • Pet burials that join human's and animal's remains
  • Memorial reefs
  • Living wake so you can attend your own funeral
  • Live-streamed funerals

These different practices show that as our society evolves, people want to extend their passions in life into their legacies.

See Jessie Li, The New Art of Dying, Axios, August 10, 2019.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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