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Buried or cremated?

  1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
    Sara Tonynposted 7 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 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?

    1. shazwellyn profile image44
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      burn me on a stake! hehehe

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well done! wink

      2. CrystalStarWoman profile image77
        CrystalStarWomanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Been there, done that... hehe!

        Definitely cremated and scattered somewhere 'special' - like on the Tor at Glastonbury...

        Or Avebury stone circle, where I left a special crystal wink

        1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
          Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Are you...er...were you a good witch or a bad witch?

          1. CrystalStarWoman profile image77
            CrystalStarWomanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Good witch smile

            Bad girl wink

    2. h.a.borcich profile image61
      h.a.borcichposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am not freaked out. I made arrangements for myself to be cremated. There is no religious reasons for my choice.
        Holly smile

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      hmm

      well what if you say 'cremated' but you get murdered, then there will be no dead body to exhume.

      still, though, i wouldn't want the worms to have a picnic on me.

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Next, on tonight's episode of CSI... lol

    4. DogSiDaed profile image59
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      All healthy organs donated, then cremation or burial, I'll leave it up to my family smile

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ah, yes! There's another option. Donated parts to help someone else live!

        And maybe donate the rest to science? Hmm. Is there a big demand for cadavers? Or partial cadavers?

        You trust your family more than I trust mine! big_smile

    5. Springboard profile image80
      Springboardposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Toni Cekada profile image60
        Toni Cekadaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        Thanks for changing my way of thinking a little.

    6. LeslieAdrienne profile image81
      LeslieAdrienneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If my burial insurance covers the cost than put me in the ground....but, if money is tight set me on fire..

      I won't feel a thing one way or the other... wink

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yep, it is interesting (albeit still kinda creepy!) and it's something we all have in common. I'm really surprised more people didn't choose 'buried'.

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      Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      my dad used to want to be cremated, and baked into *brownies*  wink

      1. TheGlassSpider profile image74
        TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        yikes Whoa. There's one I've never heard before...*brownies*? Like...so someone would EAT HIM??

        Forgive me for being confused...I've had a couple of screwdrivers. Want one?

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          Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          he was kidding, so
          no
          and yes please

          1. TheGlassSpider profile image74
            TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            LOL...Whew!

            *mixes a screwdriver for Justine*

            Here's to getting what you want when you die! big_smile

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              Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              yum

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      Melanie109posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      i will prefer cremation....

    10. robertascarlett profile image60
      robertascarlettposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    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 smile

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sort of a split-personality burial, eh? lol

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol never thought of it that way but yes...why not! HAHAHA

  3. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    Exploded

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This is no shock. smile

    2. shazwellyn profile image44
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      would that mean that you will have a rocket up your.....errr.... lmfao! hehehe

      1. tantrum profile image60
        tantrumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        for me dying in an explosion is the best way to die.
        Nobody has to go to your funeral. There's no body .
        lol

        1. shazwellyn profile image44
          shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          no.. your parts just end up all over the world!
          Tantrum the sucide bomber! hehehe

          Did you see the prog dead like me?  She went like that.

          1. tantrum profile image60
            tantrumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Don't you dare accuse me of terrorism ! lol
            Even I'm always terrorizing my neighbors ! lol

            1. shazwellyn profile image44
              shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Would I ever?! hehehe... You dont have to be a terrorist to be a sucide bomber... just someone who wants to blow themselves up! lol

        2. aguasilver profile image80
          aguasilverposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Actually Tantrums about right, good explosion will kill you in about 10,000th's of a second, and a big explosion would effectively deal with the bits and pieces! cool

          The shades are to protect my eyes as you explode tantrum!

          You'd better hope nobody goes to your funeral, or they will be joining you.... maybe we could hire a fanatical Muslim cleric to officiate at the explosion!

          Sort of ashes to ashes, dust to dust, particles to paricles...

          http://www.hgsc.bcm.tmc.edu/images/Bang.jpg

          1. tantrum profile image60
            tantrumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol lol lol

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    I want my body buried.
    No reason I can't have at least six feet of ground for that, since one never really owns property while alive!  haha

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So it sort of squatter's rights? big_smile

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        Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol yeah kinda!

    2. shazwellyn profile image44
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      da worms will be your comfort *cackles uncontrollable in a mad elixir of sputum!* lol

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    Denno66posted 7 years ago

    Ah, cook me up like a pizza; I'm dead, why should I care?

    1. shazwellyn profile image44
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      burn the sheep... spit roast him... minty!

      p.s. err... how are you babes?  School good?  What did you learn?

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        Denno66posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Tired. Tiring. I learned that 19-year-olds look so young nowadays.  big_smile

        1. shazwellyn profile image44
          shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Did you put your eyes back in your sockets?  Or left em behind for another good ole look!  wink wink x

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            Denno66posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            big_smile They're young enough to be my daughters. I couldn't tap my inner pig even if I were so inclined. lol

  6. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Cremation! smile

  7. Katelyn Weel profile image85
    Katelyn Weelposted 7 years ago

    Cremated for sure... though shot into the sun sounds pretty amazing!! I wonder why people care in the first place, or is it more for the families left behind? I mean its not like you experience it...

    How do you make your decision?

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure how to make the decision but I do feel it's one decision you should be able to make without fear of anyone else changing it after it's too late for you to object!

      1. h.a.borcich profile image61
        h.a.borcichposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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

  8. Sara Tonyn profile image58
    Sara Tonynposted 7 years ago

    This is surprising to me. I really thought most everyone would say 'buried'.

    Hmm. Wonder how much crematorium stocks are going for these days?

  9. Mikel G Roberts profile image79
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    Creamated, ashes and bones put in a cheap cardboard box and thrown in the ocean...

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Funny you should say that. I was trying to think of other options. Would that be considered buried at sea?

      And will a used pizza box do? big_smile

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        Denno66posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        As long as it's not Poppa John's lol

      2. Mikel G Roberts profile image79
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Used pizza box is fine.

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          cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          yikes big_smile (lol @ tobey smile

          1. tobey100 profile image61
            tobey100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            ps no offense to ex-wives.

  10. TheGlassSpider profile image74
    TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years ago

    I always wanted a big floating funeral pyre, covered with pyrotechnics along with my body...It would be sent out to sea, then someone could fire a flaming arrow out and set me off.

    Otherwise, regular old cremation works fine. big_smile

    1. profile image0
      Denno66posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, I've had the same thoughts about that; scary how eerily similar yours is. big_smile

      1. TheGlassSpider profile image74
        TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well you know what they say. Great minds think alike smile

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          Denno66posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          See? Sheep and Spiders are not that different after all. big_smile

          1. TheGlassSpider profile image74
            TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Harmony's awesome big_smile

  11. Onusonus profile image81
    Onusonusposted 7 years ago

    If my posterity cannot afford a moselium that dwarfs Helmsley's, I'd prefer cremation viking funeral style.wink

  12. marcel285 profile image69
    marcel285posted 7 years ago

    I want to be cremated. The thought of my body rotting underground, worms feasting on my corpse, freaks me out!

  13. Sara Tonyn profile image58
    Sara Tonynposted 7 years ago

    TheGlassSpider: "I always wanted a big floating funeral pyre, covered with pyrotechnics along with my body...It would be sent out to sea, then someone could fire a flaming arrow out and set me off."


    Onusonus: "If my posterity cannot afford a moselium that dwarfs Helmsley's, I'd prefer cremation viking funeral style."


    Gee, if you two could arrange to go at the same time it would be one heck of a show for the rest of us.

    We could roast marshmallows and weenies...er...better make that hot dogs...

    1. Onusonus profile image81
      Onusonusposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      there wouldn't be enough room on the boat for the both of us and my minipyramid.

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Wow. This is turning into quite a farewell tour.

        I'm afraid to ask what -- or who -- will be the opening act.

        Talk about going out in a blaze of glory!

      2. TheGlassSpider profile image74
        TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah...we're definitely going to have to have a couple of huge pyres...One for you and your minipyramid, and one for me and my army of clay warriors filled with black powder...LOL

        It'll be one helluva party, that's for sure.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    cremated.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Cinder me timbers!

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol Very good!

      And then sprinkle your ashes over the forums? wink

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    Somehow I would like to be fed to a spreading Sycamore tree. I have already bequeathed my body to OSU and will be cremated and mailed back to my wife. She is to spread my ashes in Skeeter Holler.

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, but that's no excuse for you to stop writing hubs.  big_smile

  17. Mitch Rapp profile image60
    Mitch Rappposted 7 years ago

    Throw me in a ditch for all I care, I'm dead!

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    LOL, I have not quit yet. I just have been busy with so many other things. Also just got over a flu bug.

  19. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 7 years ago

    Depends on who passed away.  If it's the ex-wife, drive a stake through her heart, cremate her and bury her.  Can't take the chance of a return engagement.

  20. Rod Marsden profile image77
    Rod Marsdenposted 7 years ago

    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.

  21. ThisGirlsOpinion profile image79
    ThisGirlsOpinionposted 7 years ago

    Who cares really.

    1. tobey100 profile image61
      tobey100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed.  I don't plan on being aware of what's going on at that point.  Anyone considered a trahs compactor?  I've always heard they work exceptionally well.  Go with the Amana.

  22. abcd1111 profile image58
    abcd1111posted 7 years ago

    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.

  23. Greek One profile image74
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    I am going to request that they bury my cremated ashes... it's my money, so why not spend it on 2 funeral services?

    Come to think of it, I might just request they bury my ashes at sea... let my loves ones fork up the money for a submarine... suckers!

  24. E. Nicolson profile image84
    E. Nicolsonposted 7 years ago

    Cremation -- burial is a waste of precious resources.

  25. Richieb799 profile image77
    Richieb799posted 7 years ago

    Think I'd chose burial for the fact I would'nt like it if the doctors made a mistake and I ended up re-awakening on my way into the furnace lol
    burial is my choice, although its not a big issue for me.

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
      mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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! hmm

  26. profile image0
    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    I prefer creamation but I don't think she'll ask me when it comes time.big_smile

  27. Preethi Anusha profile image83
    Preethi Anushaposted 7 years ago

    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 .

  28. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Definitely cremated. It's so much cheaper! Johnny's going to build a box so our ashes can be stored together. Isn't that romantic?? lol!

  29. flread45 profile image80
    flread45posted 7 years ago

    Barbequed smile

  30. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    I'm easy, but sprayed on a rose garden as fertiliser feels right. lol smile

  31. Hokey profile image60
    Hokeyposted 7 years ago

    Either bury me and plant a tree on top of me or throw me in the woods and let the animals eat me.

  32. AEvans profile image78
    AEvansposted 7 years ago

    Buried and do not feel like a ghoul it is actually a good question, I am looking forward to the hub that I hope that you create. smile

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote a hub about it right around the same time I started this thread. I guess I'm not allowed to post a link to my own hub so you'll have to find it on your own.

      (Shouldn't be difficult since I've only written 6 hubs! lol )

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
        mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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 smile

  33. lovelypaper profile image68
    lovelypaperposted 7 years ago

    I once thought I'd like to be buried, but I don't want people coming to my grave and crying. Cremate me. It's not as expensive. God will collect me one way or another.

  34. WriteAngled profile image85
    WriteAngledposted 7 years ago

    Cremated, to become one with my Lady of Fire, Sekhmet. Ashes buried somewhere to nourish a tree, preferably rowan.

  35. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Hey Sara Tonyn,

    Are you talking about this one?

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Its-Time-For-Funerals-To-Die


    lol lol lol

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image58
      Sara Tonynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol Yes, Cagsil, that's the one. Thanks. lol

  36. profile image56
    madsadsisterposted 7 years ago

    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.

  37. Canklefish profile image72
    Canklefishposted 7 years ago

    The thought of being put on display for all my loved ones and general acquaintances to 'view' creeps me out.

    Put a flame to me and be done with it, but harvest my salvageable organs first; You may want to skip the liver...

  38. Ryan Queen profile image60
    Ryan Queenposted 5 years ago

    Cremation, somehow the thought of my next in kin being able to "visit" me without the stress of going to the cemetery or just being in the houses' altar, is, hmm, comforting.

  39. Rising Caren profile image77
    Rising Carenposted 5 years ago

    Being eaten by vultures and other scavengers isn't an option?

    Then I guess I have to pick cremation. Why waste good soil that the living can use instead?

  40. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    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.

  41. Rain Defence profile image95
    Rain Defenceposted 5 years ago

    To be honest I really don't care what happens to my body after I'm dead. If any of my organs can be used to help anyone else out that would be cool though. If there's anything left of them!

  42. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Cremation is my choice.  I just a strange problem with picturing someone I love rotting in the ground--and so I don't want that either.  Silly but still something that bothers me.

  43. olodarkwriter profile image60
    olodarkwriterposted 5 years ago

    I would rather stay alive for the time being. (and what about that new process, chemical liquification (?)

  44. ALUR profile image68
    ALURposted 5 years ago

    Not sure. I'm still trying to live life to it's fullest.

  45. Chuck Bluestein profile image63
    Chuck Bluesteinposted 5 years ago

    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.' "

  46. profile image0
    The Writers Dogposted 5 years ago

    For as long as I can remember - and that spans almost four decades - I have always planned on being cremated. The hard decision for me, is what to have done with "my" ashes afterwards.

  47. creativebutterfly profile image60
    creativebutterflyposted 5 years ago

    Burn me and scatter me over the ocean.  Don't want to be buried alive in case they mis diagnose saw a movie once where this happened never forgot it.

  48. carolegalassi profile image66
    carolegalassiposted 4 years ago

    I prefer cremation due to cost. In California, cremation is the preferred method of final disposition. Traditional burials are usually chosen by most Catholic services.

  49. brimancandy profile image82
    brimancandyposted 4 years ago

    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.

  50. HoneyBB profile image97
    HoneyBBposted 4 years ago

    I want to be frozen next to Walt Disney!

 
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