These organic burial pods that turn loved ones into trees make the idea of death a little more comforting. In fact, these awesome burial pods make for the perfect burial ritual in so many ways. Based in Italy, the Capsula Mundi project was formed by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel. Fueled by their love of trees, the pair created an organic, biodegradable burial pod that literally turns a person’s remains into nutrients for a beautiful tree growing directly up above.

Sounds ideal, right? Unfortunately, these burial pods are only a concept idea for now, as it is against Italian Law to bury someone in this manner. If, or when, the project is allowed to proceed, the overall goal is to create cemeteries full of trees instead of tombstones. Instead of a cemetery, these parks will be referred to as “memory forests.”


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