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Cremation or burial for your funeral?

I found this interesting link about the confessions of a funeral director and a pastor’s disagreement about the cremation of the body. I found it to be quite hypocritical, considering the history of all the victims being burned by the church in history.


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I have willed my body to our medical school n my state and it becomes their property once they take possession. Once they have finish with their use of it, they will cremate my remains and return the ashes to my family if my family wants it, if not the ashes will be spread in a garden on their premises. I am OK with that.

jlynn37 Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

Yes! Donate!

@jayneonacobb I like to consider the possibility that I could contribute more to humanity after I die than while I was alive.

I'm a soft tissue donor too! And if I'm dead I couldn't care less what happens to my body beyond that.

@BrianMurphy I agree. They could use it for forensic science. Throw it out in a field and let it decay for evidence investigation.

That's a great idea.


Since The university of Tennessee is getting mine. i might be decomposing at the body farm there, Hopefully if i have any functioning organs they can be used by some one who needs them

Stevil Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

High five for a fellow donor!

@jayneonacobb it's been a family tradition


Stuff a ham bone up my ass and toss me to the wolves.

JoeMastle Level 6 Feb 13, 2018

Lmfao! Love your comment.




You DO mean AFTER you're dead, right?


Cremation. And I don't want anyone hanging onto my ashes, throw them out with the trash.

Marcie1974 Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

Yes, I want to be returned back to the Universe and my remains live forever throughout there.


It doesn't matter, I'll be dead.

JK666 Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

It might matter to you right now, but you are correct and your survivors will make that final decision regardless of what you want.


I am going out in flames.....

twshield Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

Teleportation into space. Don't need my dead body contributing to pollution. Maybe my ashes will knock out a Fox satellite.

godef Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

Neither, I want to be put on a pyre barge pushed out into some water and have everyone shoot flaming arrows at my ass.

KrypticKalEl Level 4 Feb 13, 2018

So... they'd have to place you in the barge faced down. That's a new one on on me.

@MrLizard LOL nice one, I'll have to start watching my wording


I have tried to let my children know I want the cheapest and easiest option available which I assume is cremation. I would care if they could legally dump my corpse in the desert for the vultures. I obviously won't care, whatever makes them happy.

Jackolope74 Level 5 Feb 13, 2018

Donate your body to science! It's free and helps the world after you die.

@jayneonacobb , I'm already a registered organ donor, although with the extremely unhealthy lifestyle I've lead I doubt my organs will be useful to anyone else. Donating to science is probably the more logical route. Years ago I had signed up to donate my corpse to the "Bodies" exposition but I have no clue if that would even happen.


My wife and I contracted with "Research For Life" in Phoenix. They obtain the body, harvest any parts with value, then cremate the remains and spread the ashes in the ocean. My wife tested the system in March 2018. It worked well, and it was free.


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Knitfreak Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

Burn this body.

NothinnXpreVails Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

Hefty Garbage Bag, set me on the curb.

Sticks48 Level 8 July 29, 2018

What ever the people I leave behind want. What do I care, I am dead!

DJ_Blaser Level 5 Feb 13, 2018

Well, you know what the scriptures say -- "I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God."

I'm being cremated.

VictoriaNotes Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

I'd probably go with cremation just so I don't burden my children with the upkeep of a grave, they can always keep me in a jar on the mantle piece should they so choose but I do quite like the argument for burial given by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

ipdg77 Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

Ive done paid for a $8,000.00 funeral that cost $3000.00 A long time ago. That's what it's worth today. I told my wife to just cremate me if possible and save the rest for her to be cremated. Or visa versa. The easier thing to do for both of us.

BucketlistBob Level 8 Feb 13, 2018

I've donated all my organs so what ever is left cremate and spread my ashes at sea

eagleone Level 6 July 12, 2018

Viking funeral. Rowboat, a few cords of wood, 5 gallons of kerosene, and push it out onto Lake Superior when the tide is right.

I have many friends who will shoot the flaming arrows. Probably have a competition for it.

Paul4747 Level 7 July 12, 2018

Naw, it would float too far away for me to roast the marshmallows.



There are exposure traditions as well as cremation/burial traditions(the antithesis of Antigone) and also a nautical path of burial at sea.

This is a good prompt to get me to discuss eventualities with my kids. My culture (not theology) is Jewish and I know about the theological stance and am not bound.

Another thought: I'm a performing storyteller and I tell many family and autobiographical stories. One is about my mother--her life and her death. She always aspired to higher education but it wasn't her lot. But she arranged for an "anatomical donation"--her body went to the medical school at the University of Chicago (and would ultimately be cremated). So when she died, (as executor) I honored her arrangement. Some people were shocked.

"How could you?"

I would always answer with true filial piety and as much solemnity as I could muster: "Well, you know, my mother always wanted to go to the U of C."

suzieg Level 4 Feb 13, 2018

I am an organ donor, and I will be donating my eyes and body to a university. They will cremate me when they are done and send my ashes to my next of kin for free.

dsimms9 Level 4 Feb 13, 2018

Organ donation, then cremation. I can't stand the thought of rotting underground.

Tecolote Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

Lol that’s exactly how I feel. Rotting under ground just irks me and I hate the thought of that.

@EmeraldJewel it really bothered me for a long time after my parents died. Especially after my mom died. I knew she was dead, but I didn't want her to be wet and cold. It was stupid, but it just made me feel so bad.

At least , if you are buried , your chemical makeup returns to the earth ,,feeding on you. Cremated , you are just heat loss .

@MarcIveson There's plenty of fertilizer without me. I'll be neutralizing alkaline somewhere with my ashiness. Preferably in I river heading to the sea.

@MarcIveson maybe my crazy ash will make it all the way the world.


I plan on cremation, and then having my ashes dumped in Puget Sound.

dann Level 2 Feb 13, 2018

I don't really care, I'm going to recommend cremation.

Fearlessfreep Level 7 Feb 13, 2018

Just tossed my body in a active volcano, instant cremation. 🌋🌋🌋

Sheannutt Level 9 July 29, 2018

Sounds like a good idea but it is against Federal law.


I have been a fan of the Tibetan Sky Burials. Since I have used most of my life consuming that which was made by nature, it would only be far to let nature have its turn consuming me. Of course after any useful has been harvested for those in need. Although human taxidermy should be a viable option. Who wouldn't want an Uncle Bob coat rack in the foyer? Just guess where you could hand the hat.

BFD301IAFF Level 3 June 21, 2018
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