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 in the past but I wonder if they're softening their stances on it seeing as we're going to run out of space for new graves relatively soon. That leaves only a few options left. Bodies will have to be 'stacked' above/below ground or cremated or... Shot into space? The sun?
I feel like a ghoul for creating this thread now but what's done is done!
Anybody willing to comment or did I freak everyone out?
I used to be adamantly opposed to being cremated, though my opposition was never religiously based. I think it was just, for me, the thought of the end of the vessel so to speak. Really it boils down to being able to be buried so that one has a place to go to visit—
I've since changed my mind on that a bit. I think cremation is just fine considering people do not often visit gravesites, and from an environmental standpoint, graveyards take up a lot of space. Bodies come and go, memories fade only when those who carry them die as well. So, really, a person can be visited in one's heart and one's thoughts. You don't need a PLACE to go.
I haven't really thought of this issue much, but decided to read up on these replies. I used to be afraid of being created just because of the idea of being put in an oven and burned to ashes.
But you have a really good point about saving space from an environmental standpoint. I was driving just the other day and was overwhelmed at this enormous cemetery taking up miles of space along a hill top. It is quite scary to think that we are running out of space to bury our dead. Cemetery's on the other hand aren't visited that much and are not pleasing to look at anyway.
whatever is the least troublesome and expensive for my loved ones and which brings the most comfort to them. i hate to take up valuable real estate unless it was in some pastoral setting where my remains could feed flowers or something.
p.s. you're not ghoulish for creating this thread. it's an intersting topic, actually.
Well..interesting question indeed!! I have planned funeral arrangements for myself now itself, the chisom's family funeral home suggested me various ways..out of which i found cremation to be a better option.
I would like to be creamted actually. Then maybe my ashes scattered somewhere I use to love to visit or put in the wall at a cemetary beside my husband, though I would like some of my ashes scattered so a part of me can be free too
I made my wishes known then took care of the basics with the funeral home. I put on file at the funeral home that any things we forgot to take care of are to be decided by my friend Michelle. Hopefully that will keep my son, mom and hubby from discord over anything. I hope it works, Holly
It doesn't matter much to me. I think the whole burial thing is very old and may have started off as an attack upon the notion of cannibalism. We don't eat the dead anymore. Nowadays we either bury or cremate. this may change when the time of Soylent Green arises (fiction made into future fact? We'll see how future population density impacts on our already overpopulated planet and our lives).
There was a time when I would have liked to have been cremated and then have my ashes scattered at sea. When I am dead though I don't really think I will be in a position to give a damn anyway. What happens to the body is really up to what loved ones and relatives feel comfortable with.
One of the stars of the original Star Trek (the guy who played Scotty)was rocketed into space when he died. I kind of like that idea as a romantic notion. Also it might be nice to have Amazing Grace played with bagpipes at my funeral as a final farewell to a Star Trek fan.
Certainly no open casket. I don't want people saying she never looked better. If any organs are worth donating, take them first then burn, baby, burn! As for the ashes, put 'em in a big Skippy peanut butter jar (I love peanut butter and lived on it), fly out to Hawaii and set the jar afloat far out to sea. Music choice: Anything by Bruddah Iz.
I know it won't really matter to my ashes or any dead part of me, but I want whomever has to follow the instructions to have a nice time. If I am able to participate spiritually, hovering over and around this scene will certainly be pleasant for me.
Oh yeah, anyone attending should have hot dogs for a goodbye meal.
So much better to wake up buried alive with the air running out as opposed to a quick but possibly uncomfortable death from burning (which you might not even be aware of if you were unconscious)???? Cremation sounds better to me on this basis!
as per our(hindu) tradition cremation is preferred ..
Its believed that the human body is made of 4 elements
fire air earth water
so when cremated , we are taken back to these 4 forms .. first the fire ..then the air ( through smoke created) .. then the skull which does not get burnt fully is buried ( thus going bak to earth ) and finally , the ashes are taken and put into a lake or river .
I wrote one on novelty ideas for what to do with your loved one's ashes. I could never have guessed how popular it would become. You can turn the ashes into diamonds, add them to tattoo inks, have them made into pencils etc etc. You can't do that with a corpse/buried person. No burial for me for sure
Cremate me and let my ashes fly in the sky. I use to say donate my organs but I think I will let my family decide because they will have to see the shell of my body. Sometimes it can disturb love ones the way they disembody a corpse.
Overall, I feel I would want to first leave any salvageable parts to others who need them more, and then I would go down the cremation route in an environmentally friendly way such as in a wicker coffin (simply not enough room on the planet for everyone to opt to be buried, unless you want to pay to be shipped to vast areas such as deserts and rain forests, latter of which are shrinking rapidly). If you are buried the worms don't eat you as has been mentioned here, and in fact it is the bacteria within your own body that decomposes the corpse from the inside out, i.e. even now your body has these bacteria within you. Give them enough air and moisture and they will do the rest after your demise. Cremation would avoid this of course, and allows you to end up in places you loved in life (via scattering) as opposed to ending up in a graveyard.
There are a billion people in India and most are Hindu. "Cremation is a ritual designed to do much more than dispose of the body; it is intended to release the soul from its earthly existence. 'Hindus believe that cremation (compared to burial or outside disintegration) is most spiritually beneficial to the departed soul.' "
I have always told my friends and family that I want to be cremated when I die, and have my ashes scattered over Cedar Point. Or, maybe have my ashes scattered under the Shivering Timbers roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure, so my soul can hear the screams of those on earth who are still smiling and having a good time.
I think in the future, it will be like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. They will put your body on a slab, and zap it, and you will just vaporize. Then it will be like facebook, and your friends and relatives can visit your remains on line. Leave you messages and so on. But, unlike facebook, it won't be free.
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...