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Apr. 24th, 2005 @ 09:24 pm After
So my husband wants to be plastinated when he dies. (Before this, if he predeceased me, I had promised to have his ashes packed with fireworks so he could go out in a show.)

I have no real preferences after I'm dead. I kind of think burial is a waste of space, but if Bob announced that in the event I died before him, he wanted me buried so he could, I don't know, go to my grave and pine, that would be ookay with me. My biggest concern, after reading The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford many years ago, is that my family will end up spending a lot of money.

Hunter S. Thompson's ashes were fired out of a cannon.

Anybody got weird plans for their loved ones or themselves?
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From:reasie
Date:April 25th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
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My dad has always said he wants to be mulched and used as fertilizer (he's a big environmentalist) but I don't think there's a way in heck we could legally do that.

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From:jonquil
Date:April 25th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
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See my comment.
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From:eurgeht
Date:April 25th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
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In the story I wrote in March a character (who dies very young) has himself cremated and the ashes flung over Lake Erie. He'd had an uncle who'd died on the lake. (The unwritten implication is connection and following and whatever, I wrote it so I can't really, you know, say what it means, only the places I kind of hope people take it, for themselves.)

Which--ok, I wrote that to fill a need in the story, but now, looking back, I'd like to pretend I didn't write it, so I can kind of admire it, because, that seems kind of cool.

The implication being, I guess, for me, I wouldn't mind following after someone important to me, in that way, however that way takes. But the who's and what's are yet to be filled in, so.
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From:ritaxis
Date:April 25th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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I still have my mother's ashes fourteen years later because my brother had these ideas about scattering them which were too cumbersome and so we never did anything.

But that's how you can mulch somebody -- make them ashes first.
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From:jonquil
Date:April 25th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
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What I would dearly love is the latest in eco-friendly. A Swede has invented a process in which you are first freeze-dried, then pulverized. Unlike cremation, no toxic ash is produced, and the resulting bits make excellent fertilizer. I'd really like to be mulch.
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From:aviatrix18
Date:April 25th, 2005 07:37 am (UTC)
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We scattered Dad's ashes off shore, where he spent lots of time sailing.
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From:sleigh
Date:April 25th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
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I've no particular request for my remains, other than to let the body be harvested for any parts that could be useful to someone, and then cremation -- like you, I consider burial a waste of space. After that... do whatever gives my survivors comfort.

My great-grandfather kept the ashes of his first wife. Whenever he and his second wife would have an argument, he'd go retrieve the ashes from the closet and place the urn prominently on the mantle.
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From:rysmiel
Date:April 25th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I've always wanted to be harvested for useful parts - though with my cholesterol issues and the problems my eyes have, there are not likely to be that many - and then have what was left dropped from orbit to burn up, a falling star for children to wish on.

Still not entirely given up on living to see that possible.
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From:redbird
Date:April 26th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I like the falling star part. I've been figuring on either harvesting for useful parts or, if there aren't any to speak of, the researchers or the med students can have the body when it's not me anymore. But that doesn't actually address what happens afterwards.
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From:rezendi
Date:April 25th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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There's some company out there that will launch your ashes into space. I'm vaguely tempted.

I know at least one person who wants to be left to the Body Farm.
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From:maureenmcq
Date:April 26th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the Body Farm is cool. Very C.S.I.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 26th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I've always wanted to be preserved and put in a glass case in the Hefner Zoology museum at Miami University. I used to love that museum back in the 70's. At the time, Dr. Hefner was still alive and would putter around in a little office in the back. The museum had a real "Ripley's Believe It or Not" ambiance. Lots of glass cases stuffed with preserved specimens. They had some pretty strange stuff. I'm sure they even had a "mermaid" made out of a mummified monkey and some kind of fish. The museum has since been completely remodeled and has a very nice web site.
http://www.environmentaleducationohio.org/HZM/hzm.htm I sure hope they haven't lost the mermaid.

I've wanted to donate my body to the museum and have it on display with a little brass plaque reading "Miami University Alumnus, Class of '75". I think it would be cool. I can imagine my preserved remains being used for fraternity pranks, mysteriously appearing uptown or in the student center. I don't think they'll go for it, so plastination is actually my second choice.

- Bob
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From:maureenmcq
Date:April 26th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
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You know, you live with a person for years. You think you know them. And then they do something and you realize they've always been more complicated than you ever thought.

Fraternity pranks. Wow.