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Bury me 9 9.68%
Cremate me 53 56.99%
Freeze dry me 3 3.23%
Stuff and mount me 0 0%
Do something useful with my parts 15 16.13%
What do I care? I'm dead! 13 13.98%
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Re: Poll: Burial or Cremation?
Old 10-01-2005, 11:31 AM   #21
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Hubby and I both want to be cremated. His ashes will be spread in our friend's woods where DH hunts. I will be spread on a soccer field near a tree that I want donated since I spent SO MUCH time with the boys at soccer fields!!
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Re: Poll: Burial or Cremation?
Old 10-01-2005, 10:39 PM   #22
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http://www.taphophilia.com/modules.p...rticle&sid=875

http://bric.postech.ac.kr/science/97...w/010613c.html

composting sounds good to me.

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:53 PM   #23
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composting sounds good to me.
Uhm, when I took a composting class they said that composting herbivores would probably be OK, but not carnivores. Too much protein & fat in the compost messes up the decomposition bacteria. When it shifts from aerobic to anaerobic you can tell from a long ways downwind.

Of course you might have to experiment with a few hundred volunteers to see if there's some optimum solution.
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Old 10-02-2005, 03:39 PM   #24
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DW and I are pretty much in the cremation choice--more to spread around.
OTH, DW just saw an article on a new alternative from the Swedes--get dipped in liquid nitrogen, dropped to the payment to fragment, and the freeze dried particles are returned.
Wonder what that energy equation looks like?
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Uhm, when I took a composting class they said that composting herbivores would probably be OK, but not carnivores. Too much protein & fat in the compost messes up the decomposition bacteria. When it shifts from aerobic to anaerobic you can tell from a long ways downwind.

Of course you might have to experiment with a few hundred volunteers to see if there's some optimum solution.
This reminds me of a book I read as a child about living in communist China shortly after the revolution. I read about people fertilizing fields with human waste. I thought they meant dead people.
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"Send me to glory in a Glad bag
Don't waste a fancy coffin on my bones
Just set me out on the curb next Tuesday
Let the sanitation worker bear me home."
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People taking up space when they're dead seems silly to me--even unnatural. On the other hand, even though I believe I'll have no use for my body after I'm dead I have not donated any organs. No rational reason on that one...just an irrational resistance, albeit a strong one. Hopefully I'll come around before I die since I haven't smoked at all or drank much, so my organs should be fairly pristine.

I haven't made a will yet, although now than I'm collecting somewhat significant assets I should probably start thinking about it. I have yet to see if the irrational fears come back if I start thinking about cremation. Donation and cremation make sense to me, though.

(Yes, I really said I have pristine organs. Great pick-up line, by the way.)
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Old 10-02-2005, 11:10 PM   #27
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This is pretty much the way a section of my will reads:

Please don't bury me
Down in that cold cold ground
No, I'd druther have "em" cut me up
And pass me all around
Throw my brain in a hurricane
And the blind can have my eyes
And the deaf can take both of my ears
If they don't mind the size
Give my stomach to Milwaukee
If they run out of beer
Put my socks in a cedar box
Just get "em" out of here
Venus de Milo can have my arms
Look out! I've got your nose
Sell my heart to the junkman
And give my love to Rose

Give my feet to the footloose
Careless, fancy free
Give my knees to the needy
Don't pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walking cane
It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south
And kiss my ass goodbye

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Old 10-03-2005, 07:18 AM   #28
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Funny, we did our wills last year and the subject never even came up. I don't really care, since I won't be around to object. The survivors can do whatever comforts them.
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Old 10-03-2005, 08:24 AM   #29
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I wanna be able to pick more than one option...
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I wanna be able to pick more than one option...
You understand that we'll all be dead when our choosing time comes, right?

For all I know I'll end up stuffed & mounted in this computer chair...
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You understand that we'll all be dead when our choosing time comes, right?
Maybe. I can be sort of tricky sometimes.

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For all I know I'll end up stuffed & mounted in this computer chair...
If you're like me, the difference would be?
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If you're like me, the difference would be?
Lower beer consumption.
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Re: Poll: Burial or Cremation?

Now you've done it.

I'm now on a quest to develop processes and products to help the life-impaired continue to imbibe their favorite beverages.
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I'm now on a quest to develop processes and products to help the life-impaired continue to imbibe their favorite beverages.
Are you taking investors? If you can find a market for consumable products for the dead we can all retire. There are way more dead people around than live people! There may be a sucker born every minute, but why wait when there are billions of suckers already dead?
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I am absolutely taking on investors, in any amount, for any duration.

Let me know by PM if you want to know where to send your money orders (no checks please).

Arent there some cemetery reits or mortuary trusts or something like that? Sounds like a dead investment.
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I worked cemetary sales for some years, and it seems to me that many here are taking the actual need for your survivors to take some action in regards to the disposition of your remains far too lightly.
A. your remains will be disposed of in some way and 99 chances out of 100 it will be at the expense of your survivors; if you have not already made your arrangements.
B. There are far less options for your survivors to save money after you're deceased than when you are still alive and able to make your own decisions.
Someone mentioned that cremation might not be allowed if the decision was left to the survivors. In today's age there are a lot of: who is the decision making survivor. Children from 1st marriage, ex-wife from 1st marriage who holds the cemetery property to be used in her name, and hates the second wife. Ex-husband and ex-wife who can't stand each other,sitting in the cemetary offices in different offices because they don't speak to each other, having to make arrangements for a adult son, or joint custody situations.
Brothers or sisters saying I'm not spending a dime of my money.
C. The Cemetary staff is not there to save you money. If you'll going to save on one of the biggest expenses of one's life. It needs to be done by you,
ahead of time and copies of all needed documents give to several of your
family members. Don't just put it in a will in a Safe deposit box. You may be long buried before the box can be opened.
d. I can explain dozens of ways to save on the expense, but I don't want to
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Everyone is going to die, I've set in the office with hundreds of families, not
a single one ever said. I wish Dad hadn't taken care of this before he die, I really wanted to spend my money to carry out his last wishes.
I have no idea how many times, I've sat in people's home and someone said
"my son will take care of every thing" or There's plenty of insurance money, my wife can take care of it when I go" I have actually had wife's who cussed their deceased spouse for not doing what was necessary ahead of time.
One night, I had a family in the office who needed services for a family member who was not expected to live more that a few days, I offered the standard discount for pre-need services. But they couldn't make up their mind.
The next morning, they were no longer entitled to the pre-need discount, because the situation had changed to an at-need service. They were very upset at the extra they had to pay for not doing what should have been done the night before.
Hope this helps someone.
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The next morning, they were no longer entitled to the pre-need discount, because the situation had changed to an at-need service. They were very upset at the extra they had to pay for not doing what should have been done the night before.
Let me guess...the motto of the company you worked for was "Let Us Be The Last To Let You Down."

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"We're all just dust in the wind... DUDE!"*

Seriously, just bury me next to Jimmy Hoffa... that oughta create one hell of a mess! I'll be in the papers and on the news for sure!
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OK, I'm asking. How can I save my family money by making my arrangements in advance?
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Ways to save on burial expenses. I started to write this, but to cover the subject throughly is going to take some time. I'll try to get it done today or tomorrow.
But the key point can be expressed quickly. Pre-planning ALWAYS save the family money and undue stress at a very stressful time in their lives; No matter what choices are made.


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