Another book that got me thinking about the ways in which the dead have impacted on the lives of the living in a positive way was “Stiff” by Mary Roach.
Roach explores that idea that just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you have to be boring, and you certainly don’t need to be forgotten. You can be useful. Dead bodies have been used for medicine and science (taking us back to Skloot’s research into Henrietta Lacks and HeLa), for art (in plastination, a body part’s water is replaced with a silicone polymer, preserving it for display, think Gunther von Hagens), and the environment (the human compost movement).
There is beauty in the human body, and the loss of life does not need to equate to a loss of purpose.