I just read somewhere that the tiniest, until now undiscovered connections in the brain might cause near death experiences, meaning you could acually still be alive, (your hair and nails are still growing) when pronounced dead. In view of this I would not like to be cremated but rather experience the dying process in a more "natural" way. Being enclosed in a wooden box doesn't seem very appealing either. Are there any alternatives? What do you think?
Your hair and nails will continue to grow after you are dead. This is normal. Cremation prevents the "coming back" problem, so I suggest that.
Whatever science can use from body, when I am done with it, so be it.
The rest, they can burn and dispense however they see fit. I will have no use for my body, because my life will be over.
Dig a hole; throw me in it, and plant a pecan tree or a watermellon plant over it I don't care as long as somebody eats the fruit commin offin it.
Yes, dig a hole, get comfy and watch the stars, that would be nice but is it legal?
Yea I wanta be a tree hubber from tha ground up..is there somthin wrong with that????
I am an organ donor and I wish to be cremated afterwards.
no, nothing wrong with that as far as I'm concerned but what about the law? Can you just go and hide like an animal and let nature take over?
It is a good thought if life comes or continues afterwards; any kind of way.
Yes, donating organs is good, but again it interferes with dying peacefully.
Well, I would hope to be dead first :lol
But now some scientists are saying that a stopped heart and brain are not necessarily proof of death. They claim that some tiny, hitherto unknown neurons carry on firing after people have officially been pronounced dead.
But, after you are brain dead you don't feel anything.
Isn't usually after about 3-4 minutes you are declared brain dead. If you die on the table and you are flatline, they will work on you up to that 4-5 minute mark, to ensure that they have done all they can to make you live. Any further, would mean severe brain damage or vegetable, and that's no way of life.
I'm not exactly sure on that, but I pretty sure it's close. Just a thought.
You can guarantee that in your living will.
Yes, I know about living wills, my 96 year old (perfectly healthy)
grandma signed one because she doesn't want to be kept alive on tubes. But it doesn't solve the problem of not being allowed to quietly creep away somewhere quiet, more like an animal, rather than having to be handled by people.
Well, if it can save someone from dying I really don't mind at all.
I'd donate my body to science (hopefully bits of it would be useable )
Then probably cremation because it leaves less mess and takes up less ground space
I'm going to go with the theory that if my heart stops, my brain is dead and I'm no longer breathing, it's a wash.
Take any organs worth using and burn the rest.
As for creeping off and dying without people handling you, what's to stop you from doing that?
Unless you're brain dead and can't get yourself out to the woods...
I hope it's a peaceful passing for all of us. No rush though.
I will totally agree we don't have enough power over our own passing. I believe in being able to opt for euthanasia if I am suffering, but others don't allow that either.
Can't the relatives settle for a "proper" memorial and just remember all the good times?
I really like the idea of
"Creeping off into the woods and dying without people handling you, what's to stop you from doing that?"
a flower in my hair right side, yellow flowers, me floating in a body of water with a raft
Wow! Lots of people answered this! I'd like to uploaded onto a computer and turned into a cartoon! There's a different answer! Seriously, it would be so fun being a cartoon.
I've donated my body to a University - as the University is about 45 minutes from my home, I'm kinda hoping that if I am still alive, someone might notice the body bag that is moving!!!
Definitely a cartoon character...I don't know, I never actually picked one out..maybe a cute Anime girl, why not?
I really leave the choice to GOD, the almighty.
I was faced with cancer last year and I really thought of the what if…….and what to do.
So I decided to be buried green. That is with no embalming. I have a choice of being buried in a shroud or in a simple pine box. I thought of the shroud, but I am afraid they might drop me in the hole and I would turn over and end up face down. I don’t think they will turn me over once in the ground. Jack, my friend joked about it and said I can always say “kiss my behind, world” LOL….. So I am leaning to the pine box.
Being buried green is a lot cheaper, almost every state has a area where you can have this done. Here in Minnesota there are 2 locations, in both areas, you have a choice between a woodland setting and a prairie setting. There are no head stones here, but you can have a small metal plack to mark your resting place. I would like a woodland setting and I asked Joe to plant my special tree near me.
I used to talk with some friends about devoting the body to medical use. Back then, I didn't think I would be great enough to do that, because I feel horrible to expose my own body to everybody, even I were already dead. Neither do I by now. But with aging, the mind may get changed. Who knows?
Now, I just imagine I would be in a wooden boat, drifting and finally sinking into the deep sea, to explore that mysterious world, while without a trace on land, so families, relatives, friends do need to be sad much, but just a moment...
I have a rare brain disease that hasn't been studied much, they actualy have not had a brain with my disease in 125 years, so my head goes to IHRF for research funding. Hopefully they can learn something, maybe even a cure.
I'm leaning on the green burial, as someone already described above. I don't want any embalming or removing of any fluid/tissue/organs in my body. Just put me in the ground and let me give back my body; it was all borrowed anyway.
If you want to sneak off and pass away like other animals would, I would talk to a lawyer and include that wish in your living will. You might also want to leave a note--"by the way I'm leaving now don't look for me"--so people don't think you've been abducted or something. Go somewhere remote, so some poor sucker doesn't find your decomposing body and the police take it for forensic autopsies to see how you were murdered, lol. This is, of course, all assuming you can someone plan or predict when you are about to die.
Actually, I just watched a Morgan Freeman "through the wormhole" show about "life after death" ...this is interesting...there is someone in Japan who is making robots to put uploaded brains in, once the technology for that is available....and they're getting close! There is a "budget" robot version that just looks sort of like a little blob - but it's cute. Now the thing is...if that brain is loaded into this robot, would that be "you' or just a copy of you? And what if you can only afford the "budget" robot - would you just be laying in a room all day like a baby, because you can't move by yourself? Would you choose this "life?"
Very interesting question. I was just discussing this topic with my son last summer, as he asked me what kind of funeral I wanted. When I die, which I hope will happen at the latest possible date, I want all possible re-usable organs to be removed from me and used on other people. I used to say : throw what's left by the dog food plant, but nobody except me found this funny. So instead, I would like the remains after removing the usable spare parts to be used for science or medical experiment. What a way to go !
I would just want to be cremated and have my ashes thrown over some sacred spot after any organ donations that would be useable at the time. The spirit that is you always is,in life and in death, so whatever happens to the container(the body) I was in for this life time really doesn't matter. It's just a suit so to speak that I walked this planet with while I was here. But you should go for it if you know it is happening and have the strength to go into nature in a forest somewhere lay on a colorful blanket surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees and just pass on to the next plane.
by Sara Tonyn 10 years ago
I'm curious as to what people prefer to have done with their bodies after they die.I'd guess that burial is still widely preferred by most people but I think cremation is gathering steam. (No pun intended!) (That's a lie; it was intended!)Also, I know cremation has been forbidden by some religions...
by roxygurl464 10 years ago
When you die, would you rather be buried or cremated?
by Hokey 13 years ago
My Brother wanted to be cremated because he always d bugs. So that is what we did. How about you? For me I want to buy a piece of land and be buried there. No coffin. I would like a weeping willow tree planted on me so people could come and enjoy the shade.
by mintinfo 10 years ago
Pet lovers, would you ever consider being buried with your pet after you die?Apparently it is the new trend for those who wish to be reunited with their furry four legged companions
by Sandra Greaney 11 years ago
Have you made any plans for what will happen to your body when you die?Do you think you will be cremated, buried or will you give your body to science for research.
by ChristineVianello 10 years ago
What exactly happens to animals when they die?My snake died, and I would like to believe he is in heaven.
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