As people can know, dying can be one of the most terrifying things. It is shown by our constant attempts at explaining away the phenomenon. Most hope that we live on as a spirit of some kind, or even being reincarnated. But how would you feel if you knew that your body could nourish a tree after death? This cool burial pod makes it possible.
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, two Italian designers, have created this concept, called the Capsula Mundi. It is a container with an odd perfect shape, just like an egg, made with modern material -starch plastic- in which the dead body is put in a fetal position. A tree or seed is then planted over the egg in which then is fed, and nourished by the body beneath it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs. A cemetery will no longer be full of tombstones and will become a sacred forest.
“Capsula Mundi saves the life of a tree and proposes to plant one more. By planting different kinds of trees next to each other it creates a forest. A place where children will be able to learn all about trees. It’s also a place for a beautiful walk and a reminder of our loved ones.”