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Old 08-22-2017, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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Anyone else choose a frugal option when it comes to end of life planning? My hubby and I have signed up to give our bodies to science. No cost and what remains aren't used will be cremated and returned to the next of kin. I never thought about it before I met my husband, other than I preferred cremation as opposed to burial. He has relatives who chose science donation and that was what he wanted as well, though he hadn't signed up. As I understand it, in our state preregistration is required but most states do not.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Cremation, without big fuss funeral is under $1,000. We went through that with a relative that passed at age 95, all other friends and family were already gone except for us. It was $900 and change. If you scatter, the tube is even free. We had to shop around though, some places were double that.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:11 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I guess Soylent Green crackers would be a little radical and possibly not frugal.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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Anyone else choose a frugal option when it comes to end of life planning? My hubby and I have signed up to give our bodies to science. No cost and what remains aren't used will be cremated and returned to the next of kin. I never thought about it before I met my husband, other than I preferred cremation as opposed to burial. He has relatives who chose science donation and that was what he wanted as well, though he hadn't signed up. As I understand it, in our state preregistration is required but most states do not.
I did that, and for that reason. Now that I have a lot more money, I am debating whether to buy a cemetery plot and tombstone next to my parents. It would be for genealogical reasons; the actual disposition of my remains does not matter to me.

I am looking to update my living will. However, Ohio does not have a form that offers whole body donation to a medical school. It looks like the best I can do is to say no to organ donation, and attach my anatomical study form to the living will.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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I did that, and for that reason. Now that I have a lot more money, I am debating whether to buy a cemetery plot and tombstone next to my parents. It would be for genealogical reasons; the actual disposition of my remains does not matter to me.

I am looking to update my living will. However, Ohio does not have a form that offers whole body donation to a medical school. It looks like the best I can do is to say no to organ donation, and attach my anatomical study form to the living will.
We simply wanted something easy for those who take care of the arrangements, not to mention why dump thousands of dollars when it's not necessary. On top of that, cadavers are used by medical students and for research, so we will be helping our fellow man.

That's a shame Ohio laws don't offer whole body donation.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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However, Ohio does not have a form that offers whole body donation to a medical school. It looks like the best I can do is to say no to organ donation, and attach my anatomical study form to the living will.
Contact one or more medical schools in Ohio and ask them how to go about donating your body. They'll know how to get it done.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:30 PM
 
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i want to be stuffed with un-popped popcorn and then cremated in an epic display .
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Old 08-23-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: WA
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Most in my family have donated their bodies to a medical school. No cost and when they are done they cremate the body and will give you the ashes if you want. Medical students have to have bodies to work on so I figure it is an aid to society.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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i want to be stuffed with un-popped popcorn and then cremated in an epic display .
Lol
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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I have paperwork for burial for my wife and I in local veterans cemetery,pay for opening and closing.We will be cremated and in same grave with headstone provided by government.
Very austere,since we in our 80's we are the end of line,$5,000 each complete,money held in trust thru Safeco.
I need to do this since my wife might not be able to.
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