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Old 07-04-2016, 09:37 AM   #1
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Poll- burial or cremation (old thread)

This is a very old thread I found when doing a search. Since it's too old to be able to reply to it, here's the link:

Poll: Burial or Cremation?

I'm planning to investigate a pre-need cremation this week as a part of an update of the 'in case of' list for DW.

Some good info here from a former cemetery plot salesperson...

Any other expiration advice would be appreciated...
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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I am planning on being buried in a Veterans cemetery. It's probably cheaper than a cremation for me.
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This is a very old thread I found when doing a search. Since it's too old to be able to reply to it, here's the link:
No problem with a new thread. Just so you (and others) know, you can still reply to an old (>1 year) thread. At the very bottom you will see this dialog box, just check the "I am aware .." option and the reply will post.
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I am aware that this Thread is rather old but I still want to make a reply.
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Looking at the poll of the old thread, I'm surprised that over 50% chose cremation. I always thought burial is the highest choice.

Been giving my final affairs some thought recently (not out of necessity but out of preparation ).

My preference is burial. I figure, since this is my final act, don't mind a little drama .

But after reading a site somewhere (not for the faint of heart) about what happens after buried for some time in the casket (comparing wood vs metal casket) almost makes me wish to get cremated.
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No problem with a new thread. Just so you (and others) know, you can still reply to an old (>1 year) thread. At the very bottom you will see this dialog box, just check the "I am aware .." option and the reply will post.
thanks...didn't get that far in the dialog box...
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When I'm dead I really don't give a rodent's rectum what they do to me; give me to Burke and Hare, cut me up for pet food, drop me off at the local dump, whatever.....I won't be complaining.
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When my MIL died in Pittsburgh, Her funeral was over $9K. When my wife passed away, her cremation was $1300.
My family has a large plot back in NJ, but I could not see any reason to fly my body back there to be buried.
I plan to be cremated and my ashes scattered at sea where my late wife's were. I have the coordinates.
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I am planning on being buried in a Veterans cemetery. It's probably cheaper than a cremation for me.
Veterans cemeteries have columbariums too.
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1st choice for me is something natural...along these lines:

Welcome to Milton Fields | Natural Burial Grounds | Green Burial | Eco Friendly | Cemetery | Conservation Based Burial

If I am somewhere that it's not possible, then direct cremation.

The last thing I want done with the remnants of my money is have is spent on the commercialized (and in my opinion truly barbaric) business of planting corpses.
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DW & I will be cryopreserved, unless something catastrophic happens to cause our deaths.

At the very least, it will make for an interesting National Geographic article in a hundred years or so.

http://www.cryonics.org

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I am torn between the two. Being agnostic doesn't help.

CREMATION: On the one hand, I'll be dead so I won't be there. I'm tempted to tell F to just do whatever is cheaper, and usually that's cremation. If I am cremated, I don't want my ashes spread over waters such as the Gulf of Mexico. Although that sounds nice in theory, being the cause of yet more pollution of the Gulf doesn't appeal to me. The oceans are not our toilet (all jokes about the Gulf aside... ).

BURIAL: On the other hand, what if I'm wrong about not being there? I never believed in ghosts before I lived in New Orleans, but if ghosts or spirits of the dead ever existed anywhere this would be the place and I am speculating that they would need to know where their bodies are. And if I'm not wrong and I'm not around, why should I care what it costs?

Around here, pre-arrangements for things like this are generally offered by con artists of various types. Almost every year there's a story in the news where a grieving relative says that their deceased loved one had pre-arranged everything and got nothing for their money. If I made the arrangements with a mortuary, I'd do it in the last month of my life and I'd take an heir and a good aggressive lawyer with me.
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Currently prefer cheapest legal disposal method available.

That might shift to cryonics later on.
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I plan to be cremated and my ashes scattered at sea where my late wife's were. I have the coordinates.
How would you do that, and have confidence that they didn't just get thrown in a garbage bin? It does seem that in modern life where families get scattered it makes little sense to have a burial plot where few of us will be able to visit anyway.

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Your body at death is only a snapshot in time. It's generally agreed (AFAIK) that all the atoms in your body are replaced every few years. That corpse was only you for a short time.
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Cremation for me. No sense using good money to buy an over-priced small piece of real estate that has no income or other future beneficial use. Besides, you probably won't get the mineral rights under it either.

The parts of me that don't burn (titanium hip implant, large plate and screws in forearm) can be harvested and reused or sold as scrap metal. I'll make sure that I note that in my will.
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DW & I will be cryopreserved, unless something catastrophic happens to cause our deaths.

At the very least, it will make for an interesting National Geographic article in a hundred years or so.

http://www.cryonics.org

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I gave some thought to this, but 1) it's expensive and 2) I don't want to wake up and see the movie "Idiocracy" in real life. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend watching at least the first 20 minutes. Who would have thought that Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead) would be a prophet (that could very well turn out to to be right!)?
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I see that in Puget Sound this will not be a huge problem.

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/inf...cialOccasions/

The folks can go on a nice ferry ride to Bremerton, lose the biodegradable urn on the way over, have a good stiff drink in Bremerton, and make it back to Seattle in time for happy hour downtown. In my community of birth it was tradition to go to some family member's house after the service and have a nice buffet and plenty of quality Bourbon. I was often pretty broken up if a close family member had died.

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My preference would be a full fledge Viking funeral with a boat laden with possessions and lit on fire by an archer!! Followed by a big party!
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When I'm dead I really don't give a rodent's rectum what they do to me; give me to Burke and Hare, cut me up for pet food, drop me off at the local dump, whatever.....I won't be complaining.
Nemo2, it seems as if there may be a solution for you regarding your final resting place. And, here it is:



The capybara, the world's largest rodent.

After your demise, perhaps being placed in a rodent's rectum just might be the ticket. And, of course, you would eventually be dropped off at the local dump.

"The capybara has a heavy, barrel-shaped body and short head, with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of its body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. Its sweat glands can be found in the surface of the hairy portions of its skin, an unusual trait among rodents…[ The top recorded weights are 91 kg (201 lb) for a wild female from Brazil and 73.5 kg (162 lb) for a wild male from Uruguay."


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The capybara, the world's largest rodent.
This might be a problem, since they're herbivores, but I do like the recycling aspect, a little Saṃsāra-esque.
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