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Look what walmart sells - Walmart maybe can't sell caskets in Georgia

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Alaska has a DIY burial law. All that's required from the state is a death certificate proving that you are indeed dead. You can build your own box and be buried on your own lot where your house is. All that's required is that a note be recorded with the deed stating that you are there and there is a minimum distance you have to be from a shallow water well. There is no requirement for an undertaker or mortician to have anything to do with it. Conceivably, if you have some lumber laying around you can do the whole thing for free. I know several people that have built their own box and have it stored somewhere ready to go. Among the Natives there is quite a tradition and ritual concerning the event and it is all part of the grieving/celebration. This stuff about elaborate funerals was all created by the morticians to cash in on another person's unfortunate situation.
I wonder what that does to the property value? I'd like to hear a real estate agent explain that
If you're dead, what the hell difference does it make to you? In rural areas, a family burial ground on the property is not uncommon. It was okay with Forrest Gump.
It puts a whole new light on whistling past the graveyard.

The law was a great benefit to rural Alaskans who had in the past had to spend thousands of dollars to transport the corpse of a loved one to town by airplane to be prepared for burial and then returned. The process could tax the resources of almost any family. The regional airline I worked for footed the entire bill for transporting the party to be buried and the mourners to many funerals and then returned them home, all gratis because they all lived in poverty. The good will generated was returned many times over. One case I remember, an old guy wanted to return home to his village to die but was quoted a medivac fee of $44,000 for the trip. Our company told him that if he could sit in a seat they'd take him and his family home for nothing and they did so. When he died the company hauled all his family and friends to the village for the funeral from neighboring villages and returned them home afterwards, all for free. Believe me, it cost the company thousands of dollars for this goodwill gesture.
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Yeah, if the bears haven't already taken them to thier home!
It's possible. I've seen where a grizzly has moved about two yards of dirt and rocks trying to dig out a marmot.
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