dept of the future: how would you like to be remembered? 10.5.11 | 6:00am Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) ? 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 7 free articles in 30 days.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. 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 dept of 2nd acts: tony giglio’s improvised walking sticksRead More messages from the future, written in the pastRead More After We Pass, What Kind of Memorial, or Not?Read More dept of chill: wine-friendly grape “ice cubes”Read More No comments yet. Leave A Comment Click here to cancel reply. Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. subscribing = lovingIf 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.