What Happens To Citizens Of The World State When They Die

In Brave New World, what happens to dead bodies in the World State?

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Citizens of the World State are cremated at death. Their bodies are not considered sacred in any way, and there are no ceremonies to mark their passage from this life. There is no mourning or grieving for the dead. Corpses are recycled after cremation into plant fertilizer in a pragmatic and matter-of-fact way.

Children are conditioned from a very early age not to fear death. In fact, they are trained to associate it with positive experiences. They are given candy and desirable toys when they visit the Hospital for the Dying twice a week. We learn that:

" . . . Death conditioning begins at eighteen months. Every tot spends two mornings a week in a Hospital for the Dying. All the best toys are kept there, and they get chocolate cream on death days. They learn to take dying as a matter of course.”

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They are cremated and used to fertilize the ground. According to the people it helps keep the world beautiful.

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