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Old 08-25-2012, 08:27 AM
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Default Wishes of remains *after* death

My head is filled to the brim with grisly thoughts these few days...

Hopefully our wishes are respected to whatever family and friends it may fall upon to look after our remains once we no longer inhabit them. But ideally...what would you like to have made of your body after death?

Some say they leave it up to their families/loved ones to do with as they please - whatever brings them greater comfort.

Personally I want a cremation - what becomes of the ashes is irrelevant to me. Ideally sprinkled along the Sardinian coast though.

In the majority of Asian cultures open casket funerals and body viewings are de rigueur - nothing makes me cringe more. Families and relatives will often take photos with the body as well....I'm sorry I think it's just disgusting. Nothing could really be in worst taste than having people (regardless of whom) come up to my dead body and snap photos with it like some amusement park mascot makes my skin crawl.

In Indonesia they have a ritual called Ma'nene: They exhume the mummified body of a relative and dress him/her up in new clothing as a way of honoring the soul:
Victorian Era mourning portraits I find quite gruesome as well. I don't understand the desire to preserve/be near the physical remains - it's a empty vessel, it's resident has vacated - it's a organic compost matter that is beginning to decay. But of course...Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:36 AM
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I'm not really sure. I do think it would be nice to not be embalmed and just buried in a plain pine box in a quiet cemetery, but I think that might be illegal. I just know what embalming entails and no thank you. I also wouldn't mind being cremated and having my ashes mixed in with the ashes if pets and loved ones. From there I'd he fine being kept somewhere or spread in the Smoky Mountains.

My grandma had a Russian caretaker and she said the norm there was for the body to be kept in the living room of a family member for three days (in a casket) and people would come pay their respects and view the body.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:52 AM
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Ugh. I'll pass. I couldn't even go see my dad's body before the funeral. I want to be cremated.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:25 AM
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I don't care. They can sell me to science, cremate me, bury me after a lavish funeral...whatever is going to be least trouble for them all. My philosophy is that I'll be dead and gone - the burial process is to help those who are grieving. And I don't want to cause more grief by choosing what I want to happen with my body when I die, the people mourning me can choose what would comfort them most.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:42 AM
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I'd like to be sent to the body farm.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:49 AM
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My co worker and I just had this convo last night.

He said Catholic burial , I said chop my body into little pieces and feed it to the Gators!

seriously though Chris and I are looking into a family tomb in the cemetary here.

Most can fit two coffins and 4 to 6 urns.
I love that we can have our family for generations all buried here.
He has a spot in his moms family tomb , but he wants to be with his kids.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:02 AM
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I want every part of me donated that can be.
After that, whatever is left.. cremate me and let me turn into a tree using the Bios urn an oak preferably. In a park or anywhere people will read/hang out under me

They are biodegradable and good for the environment.. plus.. more trees!

I've always really liked oak trees

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:07 AM
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I honestly don't care much. I don't like the thought of being embalmed and buried though in a cemetery. Maybe cremated. I don't know, I'll be dead so I doubt I'll care either way.

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:17 AM
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I don't really like the idea of either. Being burned or buried in the ground? Hmmm... lol. Not the greatest choices. Like said above, I won't be here anymore, so whatever everyone wants to do with me is fine!
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:04 AM
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Cremated and spread somewhere, possibly in the mountains.

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