It all comes back to us and our choices. What kind of people do we want to be? What kinds of responsibility do we want to have to each other? When will we ever take on an industry that in many places will not allow a free market to bear out the changes that only demand can make happen? Do we want to live in isolation from our neighbors? Do we want to let the fear of death keep us from just laws? I don’t know, maybe we do. Maybe we do not wish to think about those who have so much less than we do that they can’t bury their loved ones? Maybe this makes us uncomfortable. Maybe we don’t mind if someone has to leave their loved one in a morgue and walk away? Do we want to be a people where only the rich can afford to be buried without paying in installments or crowd funding?
I recall a few years back that the Chicago morgues were overcrowded and backlogged. I do not want us to go back to this. What we do for those most vulnerable and those who can no longer do anything for us tells us or themselves who we want to be as a people. I hope we take a good long look at how the budget is set. Maybe the burials cost too much. I am sure they do, but that too is a simple issue to solve. Open our market place so that there can be a free exchange of ideas and services offered to people. Maybe there will be a more creative and gentler approach offered. I don’t know. What I do know is that our laws surrounding burial are unjust for everyone, and especially those who have few resources. This can’t go on. Make a change, and call your state representatives and speak your mind. Contact the Midwest Green Burial Society we can further assist you in the process.