Before our time expires on earth, we are faced with determining how our legacy will continue on. This presentation, which was originally synthesized for the Sophomore Research Seminar, “On Death and Dying”, will discuss the various possibilities for aftercare, their environmental repercussions, and what influences one to choose their form of aftercare. Oftentimes, strong moral beliefs and religion provide a sense a hope of an afterlife. In fact, at the epicenter of most religions is the pursuit of some afterlife. Therefore, one can soundly pass away, with the comforting knowledge that they are on their way to such a heaven. For some, the subject of death in distressing. Those who fear death, hold strong faith in life on earth and seemingly disregard the sheer idea of the finiteness of time. To them, hope of immortality and everlasting life prevails, and death serves as an overwhelming burden. For the many who fear the unknown abyss of death, cryonics presents them with a secondary hope of eternal life. The emphasis of this section will be the exploration of the morals, ethics, ideology, and basic biology involved in cryonic treatment. Scientific advancements also improve our knowledge of anthropogenic impacts on the environment. The movement toward sustainability raises questions of how to properly care for the dead, while causing the smallest impact on our earth. It also raises the question of how sustainable new processes such as cryonics can be compared to current methodologies. Slowly, some individuals learn to question the norms, and find alternatives that better support the sustainability and values of our modern world. Criticism runs high against these revolutionaries, but as science and technology improve, the data to support their work becomes undeniable. Instead of questioning new technologies, people begin to question the traditional forms of aftercare. The results show that our centuries of burials and cremation have actually harmed humankind and the environment through processes such as pollution, bioaccumulation, leeching of groundwater, and atmospheric emissions. Innovation is the key to developing sustainable, unique, and surprisingly affordable methodologies to ameliorate past damage, and support a healthier environmental future. Choosing an environmentally-friendly burial provides a sense of dignity and control in helping our damaged anthropogenic world, rather than harming it more.