“Life Everlasting” by Bernd Heinrich

“Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death” by Bernd Heinrich describes the transformation of matter after death and why the recycling of that matter is necessary to the environment. NPR has an excerpt here, and I especially like the introduction, describing the way humans have denied the return of their remains to the earth:

My friend knows we share a vision of our mortal remains continuing “on the wing.” We like to imagine our afterlives riding through the skies on the wings of birds such as ravens and vultures, who are some of the more charismatic of nature’s undertakers. The dead animals they disassemble and spread around are then reconstituted into all sorts of other amazing life throughout the ecosystem.


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