FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sacred Stones Ltd are pleased to be sponsoring The Corpse Project’s ‘New perspectives on the body after death’ event, taking place in London this evening. At the event, initial findings from the UK research project will be shared, ahead of their final report of recommendations, due for release in October 2016. The team behind The Corpse Project, founded and led by Sophie Churchill OBE have made connections with the public, special interest groups, scientists, artists, academics and others to explore whether some practices for laying the dead to rest are better than others for humans and for the earth.
Sacred Stones are a proud supporter of the project, as its routes of research and encouragement of discussion about what to do with our bodies at the end of life, are a natural fit with the ethos of our company – to find meaningful resting places for the dead. At tonight’s event, initial findings will focus on several main areas. The Corpse Project will first look at the science behind, and environmental impact of, burial, cremation and other new options for laying bodies to rest, before sharing the thoughts of people outside of the traditional ‘death scene’ in terms of what they want for the future. The study will then present their results on the scientific impact of burial and cremation, before concluding with insights as to how new approaches for the 21st century can be developed.
In the run up to the release of today’s initial findings, the Independent has released a series of three videos. The first video, ‘Bringing back the barrow’, features the building of our first barrow, Willow Row, which is based just outside St Neots in Cambridgeshire. In the video, Toby Angel, one of Sacred Stones’ four company directors talks about his personal dissatisfaction with the way that end of life is served. He then reiterates that the efficient, but largely Victoriana based process, lacks choice and is very prescriptive in its nature, not in any way personal. The film shares details behind the build of our first round barrow, the first of its kind to be built in the region for over 3500 years.
Toby commented “What we're doing, we hope, is helping people understand that you don’t have to have the black car, following the man in the black hat. You don’t have to ‘suffer Victoriana’. People fundamentally want to celebrate life. That is the most important thing. If we’re able to allow them to celebrate life, then we’ve done what we need to do.”
With ambitions to herald in an era of barrow-building not witnessed in the UK for over 5,000 years, Sacred Stones Ltd has plans for barrows in Hampshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales.
- Full initial findings from the report can be found online: http://www.thecorpseproject.net/our-findings/
- View the ‘Bringing back the barrow’ film at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-form-of-burial-is-being-resurrected-by-company-that-hopes-to-bring-barrows-back-a7105451.html
Sacred Stones is creating tranquil final resting places for cremation ashes, inspired by the ancient burial mounds of our ancestors.
Our ancient ancestors built these stone monuments as ‘homes’ for the dead; to use as regional landmarks, places of religious offering, and a focal point for communities to come together and remember their loved ones through celebration.
Sacred Stones is adopting the graceful aesthetics of these ancient burial grounds to create contemporary places of rest, and monuments that capture the essence of what these meant to our ancestors. Our barrows are carefully designed to be places of contemplation, set in peaceful rural locations, where families want to come to remember their loved ones. Providing a tranquil place for the internment of the cremation urn and for commemorative visits through the years.
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