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Old 05-11-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: NJ
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There are organizations in some states that will cremate you for free if you donate your organs.
Interesting. I'll have to check that out. Although to be honest I'm hoping I use up most of my parts.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:01 PM
 
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There are organizations in some states that will cremate you for free if you donate your organs.
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Interesting. I'll have to check that out. Although to be honest I'm hoping I use up most of my parts.
Here is one in Ohio
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Cremation.

I prefer the idea of my body being burnt in a huge oven and turned to dust... rather then being put in a wooden box in the ground and have it eliminate odd-colored and odd-smelling fluids through every hole in my body... have worms eat me up and then, ultimately... ALSO end up as dust (or close to it).
When I went through training as a hospice volunteer a funeral director told us that cremation does not really reduce the body to dust. It isn't practical to superheat the body so much that the bones are completely consumed. They aren't too cohesive at that point though so they actually mechanically crush what's left.

This probably explains why various dogs we've cremated over the years vary so much in the consistency of the cremains (cremation remains). I've gotten them back with recognizable bone splinters, and others are closer to a true fine gray ash.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Boone, NC
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I'm absolutely going to be an organ donor. But I don't know what to do after that. Vain as it sounds, I kind of hope that I do something important and that people will want to visit my grave.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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I'd like to be buried in a simple pine box (someone mentioned cardboard is available, is that an option?)..[quote]

Be prepared to be consumed by coffin flies then! They are tiny, gnat-sized flies that can penetrate 4-5 feet of dirt and enter a wooden box. They can not penetrate a regular crypt/coffin.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I don't get why people care how their body decomposes, oozes, gets eaten by whatever. You are dead. Why does it matter?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I kind of hope that I do something important and that people will want to visit my grave.
You could get yourself killed while saving the entire planet from total destruction. That would probably generate tourism for your grave.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Southern NC
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My wife wants to be made into a gemstone. LifeGem - Memorial Diamonds created from a lock of hair or cremated remains / ashes / cremation

She doesn't understand why I find the idea a bit creepy and kind of morbid.

Fabulous! but morbid.

Me. My body is going to science or it's getting cremated and the ashes tossed where my family wishes.
I've always loved the gemstone idea.
I will be cremated...no funeral...my whole family is Atheist, so I know they will carry out my wishes.
They can do what they wish with my ashes.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm absolutely going to be an organ donor. But I don't know what to do after that. Vain as it sounds, I kind of hope that I do something important and that people will want to visit my grave.
Why do they have to visit your grave? Do you visit the grave of everyone you consider important?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Well, I've found mine.
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