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There are virtual cemeteries. They
generally offer a web page per dead
person, with photographs and text
written by the paying family. Some
offer guest books or discussion
For real graves and real burials,
people buy flowers.
They are expensive and go away after
a while. Sometimes,
asked to make donations rather than
A virtual cemetery could let people
buy a "flower". The flower would be
an entry in a database and a GIF
visible on the web page.
The GIF changes over the long-term.
(At first it's just a little bud,
then it flowers into full bloom,
then it looks a bit brown around the
edges and finally vanishes completely,
in the course of, say, a year.)
The money for the flower would be
donated to a charity picked by the
owners of the virtual gravesite.
Different flowers (or other changing
symbols, it doesn't have to be flowers;
maybe candles burning down, etc.)
can be associated with different
leggless: check here. [Jim, Apr 15 2000]
||Buddhists will be able to decorate virtual graves with flowers which bloom, wither, decay and rot into compost from which a new flower grows, which in turn blooms, withers, and so on in a never-ending cycle.
||What about a live link to the inside of the coffin so you
can watch your loved ones rot
||Jews have already figured the wilting problem out. We put rocks on gravestones. Very economical.
||Id rather give a "Virtual donation". For example,a "Spinning $100 bill"...