dept of the future: how would you like to be remembered? 10.5.11 | 6:00am ? We spend a lot of time thinking about how to live our lives in a way that honors our spirits, however you might define the word. But even though some may find it a bit grim, we also find ourselves thinking about how we honor each other in death as well. Sometimes we come across some truly beautiful ways to pay tribute to one another (and ourselves) that switch the focus on death from the sadness of loss to the beauty of memorial. Take for example the enormous public chalk memorial for Jack Layton, former leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party. Toronto citizens covered the public square in front of city hall with messages for Layton, who passed away last month. While obviously the memorial isn’t permanent – it is as ephemeral as life – it’s the participatory and collective nature of the tribute that’s most touching and meaningful. It’s something any one of us could do. We were also intrigued by the idea of some rather interesting biodegradable/ transforming urns for ashes, very different from the usual, homely vessel normally provided. You plant one in the ground, and it grows into a tree or other plant of your choice. (We’ve found two versions: Spiritree and Bios Urn.) All questions about life after death aside, we can think of nothing more lovely than having a “living memorial” growing in our wake. (Not to mention the fact that it’s good for the environment.) How would you like to be remembered? Related posts: quilts as memory-keepers saying goodbye: jazz funerals and square dances keeping a dream book "Knock. Knock."You've read your limit of 10 free articles this month.To continue reading, we invite you to become a Friend with Benefits.For $1.99/month (less than the price of one cappuccino, one movie rental or a pack of gum…) or $18/year or more you’ll receive unlimited access to all Improvised Life content and its vast archive. REALLY love us? Contributions of $250/year or more will receive a 1-hour Skype or FaceTime consultation with Sally about an interior design or cooking dilemma (you can also give this as a gift!) Help us fund (ad-free) the MANY hours of writing, research, and cold hard sweat that goes into curating and editing Improvised Life. $1.99Monthly $18Annual Already a member? You Might Also Enjoy the brilliant design thinking of everyday indiaRead More how to see what’s thereRead More makedo plastic connectors (for improvised halloween costumes and ..)Read More d-i-y expandable table pt.1 (round) for holiday and other celebrationsRead More No comments yet. Leave A Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Feeling Inspired?If the Improvised Life is a source of creativity, inspiration, ideas and change in your daily life, please consider becoming a Friend with Benefits. A little bit goes a long way towards helping us publish fresh AD-FREE content each day.