Samantha Bee examines how the funeral industry persuades people to pay far more for funeral costs than is necessary, by not revealing prices up front, by making survivors feel guilty if they don’t pay for premium services, and by falsely telling people that certain things such as embalming are required when they are not.
In the next segment, Bee discusses the death positivity movement that seeks to take the fear out of death by having people confront it directly. She also talks to people about the ‘green burial’ movement that seeks to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Striking a balance between the wishes of the person who died and those left behind is not simple. While one might hope that the deceased person’s wishes as how their body is to be disposed of would prevail, one does not want to make their loved ones’ lives difficult by choosing something that they find uncomfortable. This is why decisions about what to do should be made while people are still alive so that the bereaved are not pressured into making quick decisions at a time when they are most emotionally vulnerable.
I have given instructions that my body is to be disposed of as cheaply and as safely as possible. Since I wished to be cremated, I have stated that a cardboard box would be quite adequate in which to store whatever remains of my body prior to cremation, after any usable organs have been harvested. The whole idea of having a luxurious coffin strikes me as bizarre. The person in it is dead after all.