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Old 02-18-2004, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Burial or Cremation?

After reading the how to die thread, I was curious to see how people felt about what'll happen to them after they die.

I'm in a death/dying class this semester, and we had to take a tour of a local funeral home/memoral park two weeks ago. Let me say, going to a place like that is much different when you're not full of the emtions of going to a wake or memorial. Their business is 70% crematory, which is pretty high comparatively speaking.

I'd like to be cremated, then leave it up to my family whether to scatter me over a special family place, or stick me in an urn or memorial at some funeral home. I figure they're the ones who'll miss me, so it might be easy for them to have some flexibility. All i know for sure is I don't under any circumstances want to lie and rot in a hole in the ground.

So, what's your last wish as far as your body goes?
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
I want to be cremated and have my ashes incorporated into a drag car somehow.
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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heres what I said in this thread

I wouldn't want everyone to be sad so there would a big sledding party in my honor (if everything goes according to plan and I pass on in the winter). There should be some type of winter clothing with my picture on it that everyone could ware. Hotdogs would also be served.
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd like to be compressed into a diamond, then have myself made into a piece of jewelry, which i will guilt trip my offspring into wearing.

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Old 02-18-2004, 09:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I definetly want to be cremated....and scattered. I don't want my family having a big jar of Sabrina on the mantle.

And just so everyone knows...I don't want a visitation, I want my friends to get drunk (on either red wine, dark beer, or Kentucky bourbon, their choice) and tell Sabrina stories. You know, like when I was three and peed in front of everyone at a horse show. Or how I used to make the best cheesecakes EVER. That sort of thing.

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Old 02-18-2004, 10:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 02-18-2004, 10:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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bury me, ..i just wanna be buried for some reason, always felt that way :P
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That was a great class when I took it.

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Cremated here.
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Old 02-19-2004, 03:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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cremated please. to have here.

i'd like to have my ashes scattered somewhere special, and have a plaque placed with the rest of my departed family.
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't feel any connection with the graves of those I love who have died--but I know some people do. I'd like to be cremated, with some sort of memorial, but if my family would rather I be buried, I'd be okay with that too.
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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In the long run, I suppose that it really doesn't matter. I mean, I'm dead, so it's not like I'm not gonna have a bunch of other, much more pressing matters, to deal with, at the moment. Especially if I'm wrong about that whole "God is a myth and doesn't really exist." thing.

I guess that, if I really had to choose, (and one day I'm really going to have to, I suppose) go ahead and cremate me.
1.) It takes up less "real estate".
2.) The thought of rotting away, in a 3x3x6 confined space, really doesnt appeal to me.
3.) I would assume that it's a little more, shall we say, "cost effective".

Like SabrinaFair, though, I don't want my ashes just left sitting in a jar on someone's mantle, someplace. You just know that before ten years is out, someone's gonna knock me over while dusting, or during a rowdy party, and there I am...getting sucked up into a Hoover.

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I don't want to burn.

Bury me.
I had actually thought of that. Burning is a big fear of mine. It's contradictory...I know.
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Old 02-19-2004, 06:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't want to burn.

Bury me.
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Old 02-19-2004, 06:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Cremated -- actually the thought of sitting in a grave, preserved with formaldehyde is what I don't like.

I'd like to be scattered in the ocean somewhere -- preferably somewhere tropic.
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Old 02-19-2004, 06:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't care what happens to my body. It's just a shell and will eventually be dust and absorbed back into the environment. If my family wants a place to visit to remember me then fine. You can remember someone without a grave of any sort to visit though. Cremate me, bury me, or scatter my ashes, whatever you want. I do hope there will be many people at my wake to remember me. I want to positively impact as many lives as I can before I die. I would like to donate my body parts for transplants or whatnot but hubby objects so there's nothing I can do about that from what I understand.
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Old 02-19-2004, 06:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
Yep - Burn me and toss me. I can't see paying thousands of dollars for a piece of land that serves no purpose except for me to take up space in.
Old 02-19-2004, 07:25 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Cremate me. Burials are so wasteful.
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Old 02-19-2004, 07:26 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bill O'Rights

I had actually thought of that. Burning is a big fear of mine. It's contradictory...I know.

Me too. I see it as conquering my fears after death. I'm invincible!
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Old 02-19-2004, 07:32 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Cremation. Becasue... does it really matter? Hell, when Im dead, you can do whatever the hell you want to me. Cuz well... Im dead.
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Old 02-19-2004, 07:44 AM   #20 (permalink)
Donated to science, or in a ditch out in the woods. The other ways seem like stealing from nature. Either that or turned into a jewel, that would be cool.
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:30 AM   #21 (permalink)
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never really cared, I just told my wife to do it on the cheap, as I'm just meat then.
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I definately don't want to be burned even when i'm dead so I will have to go with buried. At least then if your soul is like a zombie or something you are still in one piece lol. Does that seem really fucked up?
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:50 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:01 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I wanna lie in an open field,
I want the snakes to suck my skin,
want the worms to eat my eyes, as here I lie.
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:59 AM   #25 (permalink)
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For the most part, I don't really care. But if there is even a minuscule chance I can come back as a flesh eating zombie of the apocalypse, I'd definitely want to have a body for that. Who would want to miss out on that opportunity? I don't want to burden my loved ones with burial costs though, they can just throw me in a ditch or river or something.
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:32 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Woke up this morning; put on my slippers; walked in the kitchen and died.
And oh what a feeling
When my soul went thru the ceiling
And on up into heaven I did ride

When I got there they did say
John, it happened this a way
You slipped upon the floor and hit your head
And all the angels say
Just before you passed away
These were the very last words that you said:

Please don't bury me down in that cold cold ground
No, I'd druther have 'em cut me up and pass me all around
Throw my brain to a hurricane; the blind can have my eyes
And the deaf can take both of my ears iIf they don't mind the size

Give my stomach to Milwaukee if they run out of beer
Put my socks in a cedar box - Just get 'em out of here
Venus de Milo can have my arms; Look out! I've got your nose
Sell my heart to the junkman; and give my love to Rose

Repeat Chorus

Give my feet to the footloose - careless, fancy free
Give my knees to the needy; Don't pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walking cane - It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south and kiss my ass goodbye

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Old 02-19-2004, 12:51 PM   #27 (permalink)
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i want every part of me to be shaved bald, ( i want to leave like I came in) and then a pyre, in which my ashes are collected and then spread out over the waves of the Dead Sea.
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:13 PM   #28 (permalink)
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First I want everyhting taht is usefull donated to people who needs it. The rest could be cremated. I don't want worms eating on me.
There seem to be countless rituals and cultural beliefs designed to alleviate their fear of a simple biological truth - all organisms eventually perish.

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Old 02-19-2004, 01:15 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Just throw me in the shed. I'll be fine.
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:38 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Cremation all the way
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:11 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I wish to be stuffed into a brown paper bag, lit on fire and tossed at someones front porch

so i guess cremation
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:40 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I wanna be cremated, then I want my loved ones to do lines of me.
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:45 PM   #33 (permalink)
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cremated and launched into orbit!
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:37 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I wanna be cremated, then I want my loved ones to do lines of me.
sweeet idea.

just don't leave that bitter after taste.
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I told my parents already that I wanted to be cremated and NO viewing at the funeral. That's barbaric and I don't want peoples' last memories of me to be of me all bloated and dead. I know, great topic of convo to have with your parents, but ya know...

I also joke about wanting to be turned into one of those body gem things. I think that would be so cool. Make me into a jewel, and then into a ring so my husband will feel bad about dating after I'm gone.

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Old 02-19-2004, 08:15 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I've seen way too many TV episodes where something WACKY happens to ash remains.
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Old 02-19-2004, 08:51 PM   #37 (permalink)
Doesn't really matter to me. It's not like I'm going to complain.
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:43 PM   #38 (permalink)
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haha, i have 2 ideas, maybe more
1. This is a big joke in my family, but they suggested i be buried in a styrofoam box...the type that takes millions of years to degrade...so i can be around to annoy people i have never even met...

2. seriously, any organs that can be used, i'd be happy to donate. I'm an organ donor, it's not like i'll be using them soon...After that, cremate me and put my ashes in the ocean and in space, two places i love and would love to spend eternity.

As for my "funeral" i want a huge assed party, drinking, fun, fun stories, everything. I figure that i'll save money on the burial/burial plot and have that money diverted over to the cremation party.


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Old 02-19-2004, 09:50 PM   #39 (permalink)
burial probably..would seem wierd to go to someone's grave (namely mine, i guess applies here) and know that the person/person's body isn't actually under the rock that you visit. Of course, MIA and stuff like that, I guess you can't avoid it..so you do what you can with what you have. But since this is a choice, I choose burial.
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:17 PM   #40 (permalink)
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It may be wierd, but i'd like my tastiest bits to be cooked and served to everyone that comes to my funeral.
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