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Arrangements for the Afterlife?

When I die, my family had better...

  • Bury me.

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Cremate me.

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Other, explained below.

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • I don't care, what ever they want to do with me is fine.

    Votes: 7 20.6%

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Ok, who's going 6 feet under and who's going through the incincerator.

I voted don't care. I don't really have strong feelings one way or another. Maybe if we had a family plot somewhere, I'd want to be buried there, but we don't. So let my survivors do what they will. My mom feels the same way, she said she could care less if we threw he in the family cat hole (hole in the back field with a big rock over it where my dad disposes of all the cats and woodchucks he dispatches with his rifle). Just make sure she can't be dug up by coy dogs. Nice, mom.
 

Repo Man

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Creamate me and spread my ashes at someplace signicifant in my life.

Right now, I don't have anywhere special that I would want to spread my ashes, but I assume I will when I die.
 

Cardinal

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I suppose I lean a little toward being buried, but it has to be the right place. I would not want to be just stuck in some cemetery someplace (especially in Illinois). A family plot would be a good choice, but I'm not about to start that. I have always wanted to own a big chunk of nature. I suppose if I ever do, I could arrange to be planted on that and then bequeath it to the Nature Conservancy on the condition that they maintain it, so I can continue to use it. If you can't take it with you, you might as well stick around to enjoy it.
 

jmf

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I decided years ago that I want them to use what they can for transplant/research and then torch what's left. The ashes are to be scattered over my favourite place in Nova Scotia.
 

donk

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The rule in my family is that is you want into the family plot you have to be creamted (it allows for more bodies). The family plot has ths only open spaces left in the cemetery. The cemetery contains the gracves of the David and Mary Thompson (founders/first settlers of scarborough) and some other people of minor importance in Toronto.
 

PlannerByDay

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jmf said:
I decided years ago that I want them to use what they can for transplant/research and then torch what's left. The ashes are to be scattered over my favourite place in Nova Scotia.
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My thoughts exactly, however I want to keep my heart, don't ask why I just want to keep it. Someone else can have everything else, that is if it is worth anything after I have used and abused every organ I have. By the time I am done all they will probably want is the skin off my back for the burn victims.
 

biscuit

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nerudite said:
I'm with jmf and Josh... gut me and torch me!
Agreed. Gut me and donate whatever organs I haven't managed to pickle with bourban to those who need them. I don't really care what you do with the leftovers.
 

Mud Princess

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Morbid topic!

Hmm, what made you think of this thread, Kel?...

I want to be cremated, hopefully after my organs are harvested for whoever needs 'em. Then I want my ashes scattered off (on?) the summit of one of my favorite mountains.

We may have a family burial plot - I'm not sure because my parents are both gone - but I've never had much interest in the whole burial idea.
 

SkeLeton

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hmm I guess cremation... at least I wouldn't be poluting underground water sources... :p
and yes... I would like to donate any useful organs...
 

Tranplanner

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Doesn't anybody here want to be frozen and shot into space in the hopes that they will be discovered in the future, brought back to life, and cured?

Right now, I'm leaning towards cremation.
 

Habanero

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I wouldn't want to be buried because that takes up too much space and it's really expensive. I voted cremated, but really I'd like a sea burial.. unless they could bury me at the Ranch under my favorite tree, now that would be cool... but, since I want to donate anything useable to science, I think they'll have to cremate me.
 

Mastiff

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We're planners...

I think we should be buried in groups of say, twenty-four... four long by six wide. Then, cover the graves with a nice parquet floor. I mean, people will dance on our graves anyway, why not plan ahead and make it nice for them?
 

Mastiff

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Oh Wait!

Is getting dropped out of a big plane with a strange message written on you like in Con-Air an option?

That should be an option...
 

Richmond Jake

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Mastiff said:
I think we should be buried in groups of say, twenty-four... four long by six wide. Then, cover the graves with a nice parquet floor. I mean, people will dance on our graves anyway, why not plan ahead and make it nice for them?
This sounds like an Iraqi graveyard.
 

Otis

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Trail Nazi said:
Donate what is salvageable, except the eyes, then either cremate me or bury me.
When I told my wife I had signed up to be an organ donor, especially for the eyes, she got the saddest look on her face and said, "That means I wouldn't get to see your face one last time." Brought tears to my eyes and made me rethink the whole thing.
 

giff57

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Rich Townsend said:
When I told my wife I had signed up to be an organ donor, especially for the eyes, she got the saddest look on her face and said, "That means I wouldn't get to see your face one last time." Brought tears to my eyes and made me rethink the whole thing.
They would just charge you a few K for fake eyeballs and no one would know.
 

Mastiff

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giff57 said:
They would just charge you a few K for fake eyeballs and no one would know.
And for $1.99, you can get those funny glasses with the eyeballs on springs... I mean, you can't spell funeral without F-U-N, right?!
 

Otis

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giff57 said:
They would just charge you a few K for fake eyeballs and no one would know.
I think they do a little damage to your face and skull to get the old ones out.
 

Otis

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Mastiff said:
And for $1.99, you can get those funny glasses with the eyeballs on springs... I mean, you can't spell funeral without F-U-N, right?!
Great idea! I'm gonna write that into my will.
 

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Rich Townsend said:
I think they do a little damage to your face and skull to get the old ones out.
Nothing a little Bondo won't fix
 

PlannerGirl

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no no nooo

may great aunt gave her eyes and she had an open casket funeral-you CAN NOT tell any organs have been donated

please please please look on organ donation sites and learn the facts-folks NEED your organs

thats my public service bit for the day

PG
 

Trail Nazi

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Unfortunately, I am extremely blind and my eyes would be worthless to others, otherwise I would donate them.
 

donk

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I'm with you Trail N, I'm pretty blind, by if they want them they can have em.

My organs will be going to those in need, if they are usable.
 

Mastiff

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My eyes might be good...

But I probably ruined the rest of my organs in my younger years. Unless you want to squeeze my liver for a martini or smoke the resin in my lungs...
 

SGB

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I figure after I'm cremated, someone ought to test the remaining ashes for toxics. If they're clean, toss me into the compost pile. If not, best to send me through the sewage treatment plant or to a licenced hazardous waste disposal facility.


Part of me (ok, a small part) is almost serious about this.
 

Jeff

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I want them to take whatever is good in me...except for the eyes...I don't know why...and then my children can do whatever is cheapest for them so they get to keep the most money.

I love the idea of being cremated and scattered...but I wouldn't know where I'd want them to be scattered or scattered from....I have so many favorite places and hobbies.

Should someone stand on the back of a screaming fire truck and scatter them...off the back of my bike...from my deer stand...or maybe at the fishing spot? I grew up on the beach in the summers, and I go there all the time to see my parents, the beach sure would be a nice place to go....

Decisions, decisions.
 

Tranplanner

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Mike D. said:

Should someone stand on the back of a screaming fire truck and scatter them...off the back of my bike...from my deer stand...or maybe at the fishing spot? I grew up on the beach in the summers, and I go there all the time to see my parents, the beach sure would be a nice place to go....
It doesn't all have to go in one place ya know - they could spread a little here, a little there...and smoke the rest. That should cover all the bases ;)
 

Mastiff

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Tranplanner said:
It doesn't all have to go in one place ya know - they could spread a little here, a little there...and smoke the rest. That should cover all the bases ;)
Oddly, this is spot on topic.

I had a freind who died in a fire, and his folks asked me if I wanted to scatter some of his ashes... so I did. And knowing him like I did, I spent the day tossing them on all the sorority lawns at the U of A.

He'll be staring up skirts for all of eternity...
 

Otis

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Mastiff said:
Hey Rich,

You really in Lincoln City (Casino Land)?
Really really. I live about 3/4 of a mile from the casino and go by it every day.
 

Mastiff

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Rich Townsend said:
Really really. I live about 3/4 of a mile from the casino and go by it every day.
I was down at Depot Bay just last week for a "Vulnerability Assessment/Emergency Management Plan" seminar. Next time I head down to the coast, we should get together for a beer.

You ever go to the Sea Hag in Depot Bay? (My usual trips range from Florence to Newpot, but sometimes I go north a bit more... the wife has yet to see Astoria.)
 

Otis

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Mastiff said:
Next time I head down to the coast, we should get together for a beer. . . . You ever go to the Sea Hag in Depot Bay? (My usual trips range from Florence to Newpot, but sometimes I go north a bit more... the wife has yet to see Astoria.)
Sounds great! Another excuse for a beer. And watching Gracie play the bottles at the Sea Hag is always a treat.

Where are you? Sounds like Somehwere between Corvallis and Eugene.
 
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Kind of on topic - Rob's cousin's job is to remove organ donor's bones, specifically the four major bones in the arm and leg. They replace them with pvc piping! Some crazy number, like 250 people can benefit from a healthy donor.
 

Mastiff

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Rich Townsend said:
Sounds great! Another excuse for a beer. And watching Gracie play the bottles at the Sea Hag is always a treat.

Where are you? Sounds like Somehwere between Corvallis and Eugene.
Isn't watching her a treat?

And we also went to some upstairs bar on the next block that overlooks the harbor. Pretty view, and real strong long island ice teas! I'm glad the hotel was close...

I'm not in the valley, I'm SE of Eugene in the Cascades on Hwy 58. A little town called Oakridge.
 

Jessie-J

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A good friend of mine is working in a crematorium for the summer. Started as an odd-job where he'd haul dead bodies to other states. He got paid and basically got a vacation....but seems a little creepy to me. He tells me stories about sweeping the ashes and cleaning up the incinerary...

I'd donate, have my body be used to learning purposes (schools or research) and cremated. I don't want to be buried in a highly laquered, velvet lined box in a cement lined ditch. I'd never get my afterlife sleep!

A pine box wouldn't be bad but I don't know that there is a place to be buried in something like that... I haven't done a whole lot of research in the matter as I am still a wee 25.
 

Otis

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Mastiff said:
I'm not in the valley, I'm SE of Eugene in the Cascades on Hwy 58. A little town called Oakridge.
Oakridge! I've been trying to get up there for years. Now I have the reason I need: there's someone to have a beer with there. Maybe someday on the way to Crater Lake. A former client of mine had a business (a store) in Oakridge, and I've always wanted to see it in person. Ugly litigation over it. Oakridge used to be pretty important to the Southern Pacific Railroad as I understand it.
 

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Rich Townsend said:
Oakridge! I've been trying to get up there for years. Now I have the reason I need: there's someone to have a beer with there. Maybe someday on the way to Crater Lake. A former client of mine had a business (a store) in Oakridge, and I've always wanted to see it in person. Ugly litigation over it. Oakridge used to be pretty important to the Southern Pacific Railroad as I understand it.
We still get about 50 trains a day through here... they just don't stop.

And I know plenty of beer places!
 

Mastiff

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Tranplanner said:
Sounds like heaven to me!
And if the job didn't keep me so busy... I'd have time to enjoy it!

Rivers, streams, lakes, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, fishing... That's all within 5 minutes of town.

Oh, and six bars in a town of 3,000.
 

Queen B

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Have seriously been thinking cremation just never could think of where I would want the ashes to end up.

But thinking about it a nice Hot Air Balloon Ride and being scattered to the winds might be great. The crew always celebrates with champagne after, that would be fitting!

A previous post mention something about dividing ashes. Brought back the day of my brother in law's memorial. He died of aids contracted through IV drug use. They put his ashes in a Jack Daniels Tin. After the services we saw his brother take the container in the back room and his wife came out muttering about how she was going to get a few baggies and a spoon. Of course all the druggies at the party thought they must have some pretty good stuff back there. They were dividing ashes...
 
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