As an atheist what do you want done with your remains when you die?
I want to be fed to something or to be buried in a simple coffin with an oak or elm tree planted over me.
I want to rebel from the high costs of funerals and be buried in a refrigerator box in my backyard. Since the law won't allow that, I hope to have enough strength to make it into the woods. It's about time we humans gave back to Mother Nature. I am having second thoughts about donating my body so that others may have my bits and pieces to save their lives. What if my body parts saves a pedophile or rapists or the next crazy, murderous dictator?
Assuming I'd be relatively healthy meat, it would be nice to be laid out on the African Plains, and get recycled into all those wonderful animals (assuming they wouldn't be extinct !). But I l know that's likely not allowed.
So next choice is being part of the Body Farm, to help catch bad guys ! That could work.
Ideally I would like to be put in a rocket and sent into the sun. Back to star stuff. Since that's a wee bit totally impossible I'll be cremated and then scattered in a place I'll suggest, or anywhere really. Minimum fuss. I've specified that already.
My drivers license lets whoever first ends up with my corpse take as many of my organs as they can use. As for the leftovers, I have some money set aside to have them cremated and disposed of at sea. I like the idea of green burials and such, but can't afford them. I'm trying to leave as much money as possible to whoever my survivors are.
Have you considered a green burial. There are green burial cemetaries. You are wrapped in simple cloth covering and buried in shallower grave. The idea being that your body will decompose and give nutrient back to the environment. Nor all states support or allow. Colorado and New Mexico do.
I like the theatrics of being put on a viking longship and set on fire.
I'd really like to be launched into space though.
If my wife's having to deal with it then i'd rather not be a bother and just go in the bin with the other waste on a wednesday night.
Dont have any problems with medical research wanting my body, or being sent to a cadaver farm if thats easier for her.
If my brother is dealing with my funeral then I demand he uses my carcass for something inappropriately funny that may cause mild (but easily recoverable) distress to others.
Im also ok with taxidermy.
I'm not so much decided on something specific, just so long as I'm not locked in a box. I am an organ donor, but beyond that, I could be just as cool with being buried in a way to decompose the rest of me usefully for vegetation, or a viking burial at sea. On the other hand, transhumanist tech could possibly make death nearly a choice--dare I say, within my lifetime. I suppose when I'd choose to go then, again, just wanting to be useful in some way, without needing my body nicely coffined for the rapture.
I don't care.
Whatever my family choose to do with them and whatever Iis cheapest. They can bury me in the garden for all I will care.
That said, I really always wanted a Viking funeral - sent out to sea in a burning longboat!
That'll do nicely thanks.