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Old 07-23-2018, 04:29 PM
 
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Then a vehicle drives out to wherever my body is, picks it up and carries it to the medical school where they will do whatever they want with it.

You're leaving out some steps.. None that change things dramatically, but..



Normally, after the above, any 'leavings' are cremated and offered back to the family. If the family can't be located, doesn't want them, declines in any way.. The ashes are generally buried in a cemetery specified for the purpose.

In SC, bodies donated to USC Medical (University of South Carolina.. The 'other' USC) wind up interred at the Richland County Cemetery with nothing more than a metal funeral home marker.

Not disputing you or saying that people shouldn't do what you're doing.. Just.. Yeah, there is a touch more to it after your description left off.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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$2600 cremation in 2014?

$1200 was my wife's cremation in November of 2013.

and for $250 I bought a beautiful light blue big rectangular urn.
$2600 was the total price, including death certificates, plastic cremains container, urn vault, memory service materials, etc. I did not pay extra for a casket or embalming, as these are not necessary for cremation. There was no viewing of the body.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I think the least expensive way would be a Waste Management truck...I already pay them $33 a month and I can have my people stand in the driveway, say a prayer, and sing Rock of Ages as the hefty bag goes into the hopper and the blade comes down and pushes me into the truck...
When I reread this, I was reminded of my college parasitology course. The college incinerator was broken, so we just put the remains outside of the window during that bitterly cold Ohio winter. At the end of the course, I opened the window and just started to bag the remains. My classmates jumped in to help (they had forgotten that this detail needed to be dealt with). We had heard that the garbage men would not handle dead animals. I told my classmates that if the remains were properly bagged so the garbage men would not know what they were hauling away, it would not be a problem.
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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$2600 cremation in 2014?

$1200 was my wife's cremation in November of 2013.

and for $250 I bought a beautiful light blue big rectangular urn.
My mom's was just under $1,000 in November 2013.
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Cremation with no extras about $1200, just last year
When I balked at the $2400 figure, I immediately got "Well, we do have this package...…."
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:48 PM
 
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We have a funeral home that charges around $600 for cremation. Minority owned, etc.
But we found out that they use the well known popular funeral home crematorium so why pay $1250?
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:25 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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When DH passed, cremation was around $1000 (Alabama). Renting a boat to scatter remains at sea, and pizza for family afterwards, about $800. But it was well worth it. I got very good feedback from his family and I'm glad I did it.



In my alumni magazine several years ago was a touching article about the memorial service they hold at the end of the academic year for the donated cadavers used in the medical school. I'm not sure if this is it or not, but it's a good read.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Dying is more expensive than living honestly, I think I'll just keep living. I don't want to pay a bunch of money for any of this! What a rip off. No thanks. :P
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I plan to buy at least one casket ahead of time online and keep it at the house. I also will not have a service other than a short grave side one. Going to be buried at a National Cemetery and my husband also. There is no cost for that but there will be for dealing with the body and transport to the Cemetery which is almost 100 miles away.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Funerals.coop, unless you have your own backhoe (which I do...)

I will have the hole ready to plop me in,

Backfill is the ez part. (I will have the dozer parked ready to grade me over. )

Have the estate auction the next day and 'live-happily-ever-after'
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