5 Amazing Things To Do In Ireland AFTER you die

We are led to believe that pinnacle of human experience is the period we go through between our birth and our death. But for many, this is simply not true. Death can be seen as only the beginning. With this in mind here are 5 things to do in Ireland AFTER you die.

5. The Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground

Opened in November 2010 this beautiful eco-friendly graveyard is situated in the rural countryside, upon entry, you will walk a beautiful 200-meter avenue, surrounded on both sides by ancient chestnut trees. As you go, you will begin to see the wildlife and natural beauty which is slowly developing into a magical place to remember and celebrate the life of the deceased. Within the grounds itself, you will find a place of solitude and peace which is rare. You won’t find any granite headstones and concrete paths here.

Traditionally, coffins in Ireland are made from either solid timber, the tree of which takes hundreds of years to grow and is often not replanted after harvesting. The other is chipboard coffins which are held together by formhylde based acid glue!

The Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground offer a range of environmentally friendly materials from which to build your dream coffin. Such as Willow, Banana Leaf or even just a tree planted on your reserved plot.

 

4. A Humanist Funeral

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Who says the end of your life is the end of the fun? Why not put the fun back into a funeral with a humanist funeral! These ceremonies aim to strike the balance between the glum and the fun. A middle ground between the tears and the cheers. They can be held anywhere from a church to a woodland to the favourite beach of the deceased and they put an emphasis on remembering those who have been lost through their favourite songs, poems, as well as telling stories and anecdotes of their life in a meaningful and personal way for each individual celebrant.

3. Have a Viking funeral

The first Vikings to arrive in Ireland were from Scandinavia who were out to discover new lands and create settlements. And while many of their social norms and behaviour was deemed wicked, evil or otherwise unnecessary. But, one thing they did right, I would argue, was funerals. However, the romanticized notion of sending the body of the deceased out to sea and setting it ablaze with a well-aimed flaming arrow is merely a myth-the Vikings actually held and open-air cremation in a funeral pyre where they were then buried in a mound with an Oseberg Ship, followed by the sacrificing of a lamb or goat and scattering the mound with gifts and offerings for the departed. (Maybe leave out the sacrifice!)

2. Become an organ donor

Brazilian billionaire Thane Chiquinho Scarpa announced plans to bury himself with his million-dollar Bentley so he could keep up his stylish appearance in heaven. Of course, there was uproar. The public complained of his indulgence, saying that he didn’t need his automobile in the afterlife. But, moments before Scarpa’s Bentley was lowered into the ground, it was revealed to be a hoax, he was merely trying to demonstrate that most of us are guilty of bringing something far more valuable than any car to the grave with them- their organs. He was present at the ceremony and spoke of his motive for the stunt:

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“They bury hearts, livers, lungs, eyes, kidneys. This is absurd. So many people waiting for a transplant and you will bury your healthy organs that will save so many lives.”

1. Become a stunning piece of jewellery

If you’re looking for sentimental things to do in Ireland after you’re gone, we have just the ticket. No space left on the mantelpiece? Find the look of an urn unsightly? The boys and girls at Celtic Ashes have the product you’ve been waiting for. They provide a service of infusing or encasing a small amount of ash (or hair) from your loved one in a beautifully, and affordable, crafted piece of jewellery which vary from a harp to a heart that can be worn around the neck. They offer pieces with and without ash or hairpieces and only require a small amount of the remains, the remainder of which will be scattered on Irish soil.

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