In every part of our daily life we are becoming increasingly aware of the cycle of life and the importance of giving something back to our planet. Death is no different, at Simply Dead we are always searching for new solutions to death which we can share with our followers. Capsula Mundi have come up with one of the most exciting ideas so far, as explained by Beatrice Gnassi. A new take on green burials and a way of helping life to continue!
“Death is just part of life. But especially in our western culture we often try to remove the idea of death from our lives. It’s an issue surrounded by fear, tabù and silence. As designers we were thinking about it when we created our concept Capsula Mundi: we wanted to change this approach and to rouse a reaction and a reflection in people about the death.
We showed it the first time as a design concept in a very important furniture fair in Milan and we were anxious about the reactions. We knew people didn’t feel comfortable with this issue. But we were surprised because lots of visitors were really interested in it.
We spent years trying to use our concept to change, or at least open a discussion about, the approach to the death.
Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped pod, an ancient and perfect form, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small egg-shaped urns while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The Capsula will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woods.
In our view, the idea of being back in the cycle of life after death, feeding a tree, is a positive and comforting way to think about this difficult matter.
Bereavement is not easy to face but remembering the departed loved ones in a wood instead of in a dark cemetery full of stones and sorrow could help.
Life doesn’t end with death, it is transformed: this is the concept we want to promote. And this is why we chose universal symbols of life as the egg, the tree and the fetal position.
We wanted it also to be green, to respect the Nature and to contribute in some way to a better environment: the Earth who hosted us deserve it.
We know we are not alone in this. We receive every day emails and messages from people enthusiastic about our project. We have almost 46.000 followers on Facebook and we have been invited in many exhibitions and cultural events.
All this interest pushed us to bring the design concept into reality. We started to produce and sell all over the world our Capsula Mundi urn with great feedback and we are still working at the Capsula Mundi for the body.
Capsula Mundi is for everyone, it does not interfere with cultural or religious burial traditions: everyone can choose a ceremony or rite from their own culture or religion, while subsequently using the Capsula Mundi burial system.
We need to talk about death, to share our fears and our wishes, to find the best way, which is private and personal, to deal with it. We believe Capsula Mundi could be a consoling and positive option.”
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