Thanks Tris, I will post specific ways to get involved with the project on this site very soon!
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Thanks Louis for the link!
Hi Loughlin, Thanks for writing in! There’s an organization devoted to spreading the idea of families talking about postmortem plans at Thanksgiving. Makes sense as family members are gathered in one place…
not sure who this addressing i’m guessing the forum
anyways I really appreciated finding this talk on ted, its good to find something that boldy approaches the taboo of death. I’m very interested in what people here do to deal with the idea of acceptance and how others find ways not to let the concept consume your thought. I also wondered how you go about discussing with those closest to you and what methods you employ?
ok I’ve just seen your TEDtalk. a friend of mine used to be laughed at twenty odd years ago for wanting to be buried in the ground so the worms could have him, even back then I knew that althoughnwe were young hedonist musicians he was making a real moral point.
He just didnt know enough about mushrooms. we thought we knew it all when we ingested psilocybin but we were just fools!!
Fast forward to your ethical, moral and utterly beautiful project. Well it’s made a real connection with me and I want to participate. Unfortunately I’m a postgraduate student and recently separated with two beautiful teenage daughters who need every penny (cent) i can wring out of my pockets, they arent spoilt, I mean they need stuff and Im broke!!! so can I donate my corpse, I’m 45 and ridiculously healthy for a lifelong rock n roller and devout anti excerciser, so I wont be posting myself to you anytime soon, fingers crossed!!! but i want to participate, support, show solidarity or whatever I can…
let me know
you are inspirational, and I guess you are well aware ofnthe other great TEDtalk on Six Ways Myceleum Can Save The Planet…
peace, respect and sincerity
The Decompiculture Society is holding a small workshop this Sunday in the Boston area if you are able to make it…
A Workshop on Making Funeral Decisions
hosted by the Decompiculture Society/Infinity Burial Project and the Boston Center for the Arts
Sunday Jan 22, 2011
Boston Center for the Arts
Arts Resource Room | Calderwood Pavilion
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
Join the Decompiculture Society for a workshop exploring the landscape of funeral decisions. Local experts and researchers will discuss how we currently make decisions as funeral consumers, provide some guidelines in making conscientious funeral decisions, and review two alternative funeral options. Presentations will be followed by a discussion period.
Ruth Faas, Co-founder, Mourning Dove Studio
Jim McQuaid, PhD Candidate, Dept of Sociology, Boston University
Peg Lorenz, Home Funeral Guide, Peaceful Passage at Home
Carol Coan, Author, Unwrapping the Anatomical Gift
This workshop is sponsored by the Boston Center for the Arts and the Decompiculture Society, a society that promotes death awareness and acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms. The Decompiculture Society is a component of the Infinity Burial Project, a project by Jae Rhim Lee, with funding from the Creative Capital Foundation.
Directions and Parking
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I did find a bit more information and a warning about handling Onygena corvina on another web site. http://johandierckx.aminus3.com/image/2010-12-08.html
This is the warning from the above url “But because the species is specialized in infecting keratin it can be really dangerous to touch the species: our fingernails are mostly made of translucent keratin !”
I wonder if these fungi could be useful with proper precautions…?
‘Onygena corvina’ seems like a good candidate for the mushroom death project. Here is a description from “Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field Guide”
“Onygena corvina- Albertini and Schweinitz
Small mushroom structures with a cap and stipe are found in several groups of ascomycetes, for example, the fruitbodies of Cordyceps, Vibrissea, and Mitrula, and the club-shaped earth-tongues. Though similar in appearance to these fungi, the very small fruitbodies of Onygena species differ in that the cap surface breaks into a powdery spore mass at maturity. The two most common species are O. corvina, which occurs on owl pellets, bird carcasses, hair, and wool, and O. equina, found on the decaying horns and hooves of cattle and sheep. Onygena corvina reaches at most 2.5 cm (1 in.) in height, and has a whitish stalk and an ocher to light brown cap. These fungi are widely distributed but infrequently collected because of their small size and occurrence on animal remains, which are avoided by most mushroomers.
Trudell, Steve; Ammirati ,Joe (2009-09-01). Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field Guide (Kindle Locations 5571-5578). Workman Publishing. Kindle Edition.”
Does anyone have any experience with this fungi?
I recently read Paul Stamets book ‘Mycelium Running; how mushrooms can help save the world’, and was so inspired by what I read. I was even more inspired when I learning about the Infinity Burial Project from the Ted Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee.html. Death, Decomposition and the cycles of birth and life they feed, have always been on my mind…. I learned to see great beauty in decay, inherent in the interconnected cyclic nature of life and death. The dead provide food, materials and energy for the fungi and microbes that do most of the decomposition in nature, releasing the elemental building blocks back into the environment, making them available for new life forms to utilize. It does not get more elegant or beautiful than that……. I find the best way to share my excitement for decomposition is by talking about kitchen compost. By starting with something that is not as scary as death, you can illustrate the same interconnection in a less personal way, then build on the idea from there…. bring the composting of human waste and eventual human bodies into the conversation…. It’s so bizarre to me that we discard the organic elemental resources found in dead bodies and human waste.
I guess just a change in the existing options of burials in the United States. It would be good if a new type of cemetery is approved for forward thinkers. I foresee a cemetery that would have inter crossed walkways raised above burial grounds which itself be covered in mushrooms and flowers. Memorial tombstones could be set on the cross walks just above the deceased ect,,,,,,,,,,,, I guess you get the picture. Anyway, good luck. You and all of will need it.