What do you want done with your body when you die?

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Proper Jewish burial. No more..no less.
My plans are all in writing and my sister and ex have a copy and know exactly what to do. Use any organs or anything else that can be used. Then I'll be cremated and my ashes will be thrown in my favorite lake, which flows into my favorite crick, which makes it's way to the Mississippi and the ocean.
No religious services, no casket, no embalming, no funeral home services of any kind other than the actual cremation, no funeral, no headstone. If family or friends want to get together for a meal, that would be fine.
My favorite local cemetery that is known for it's 1000's of rhododendrons and other beautiful trees sells small memorial stones that you can have placed under one of the trees with your name on it. I might get one of those.
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I think I would want to be donated to science. If not then, perhaps cremated. I know I don't want to be buried in the ground and left to rot with bugs on me and whatnot. I'd rather be reduced to ashes, and possibly sprinkled over a meadow or dissolved in bubbles or thrown into a breeze.
I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
Take what can be salvaged for whoever needs it. Light a match to the rest. I'm done with it.

No special requests for my ashes that I can think of right now.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
Pretty much.

I dislike open casket. When you're gone, you are out of there - and the idea of looking at the dead body you're not part of anymore just icks me out. It could be cultural for me, though, from Jewish funerals, so I certainly wouldn't condemn others for it.

One thing I love in Jewish tradition is the burying of the body by those who loved the individual. For me that helped in the release and realization that there was no one there. I would like to be able to help health/science/learning as much as possible after I'm gone, but beyond that I hope taking care of my body is a burden to no one, and they do whatever helps them - I'm all for cremation and use the ashes as fertilizer, but if they need an actual burial, just don't spend much.
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Cremate me and spread my ashes in the ocean. Have a memorial if you want. Having gone through my late husband's huge military burial at 22 it had a huge impact. Most of the family decided at that point we didn't want to put that on our families emotionally. Since then we have done small memorials after cremation.

I also encourage people to have at least a small amount of life insurance so other family members don't have to be burdened with those expenses.


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I would like to give my organs to science, then stuff my body and use me as a driving buddy...
Originally Posted by murrrcat
ROFL. Driving buddy. Ahahahaha I just burst into laughter.

I'd want my family to do whatever they felt to do. Harvest my organs and throw me somewhere, or light a match, whatever. I'll leave a nice chunk of change to cover whatever costs my family accrue.
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I'm more concerned w/ what happens right before I die, i.e., can I receive last rites from a priest or at least, can I confess and atone for any recent sins...and at best, can I try to seek forgiveness from people I've offended?

Beyond that, it really would be up to my children/family...whatever would ease their grief the most.

It's only a vessel.
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Use my organs if they will benefit somebody else. Then cremation.
Cremation and a non-religious memorial service with close friends and any surviving family..nothing fancy. Oh, and a tree planted over my ashes. I don't think I need any brass plates or stone markers.
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I'm more concerned w/ what happens right before I die, i.e., can I receive last rites from a priest or at least, can I confess and atone for any recent sins...and at best, can I try to seek forgiveness from people I've offended?

Beyond that, it really would be up to my children/family...whatever would ease their grief the most.

It's only a vessel.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Do you have someone that you can make your wishes known to? Hopefully, there would be time to have them called, and have that done. You can buy the medals that say, "I'm Catholic. Call a priest." I was going to buy one from EWTN but I'm p'ed at them for suing Obama. I'll probably just buy one from ebay (Buy it Now ).

I want a Catholic funeral, but I want either cremation or to have my body donated to science, or to have my organs donated and cremated. I haven't decided. I should write something down, though I've told family generally what I want.
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I like it!

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They won't take much from me, but whatever organs they can harvest, do. Then cremate me. I've made my request known to my parents, but my siblings are up in arms. Apparently, it's barbaric, though both my paternal grandparents were cremated. I don't want to think about being stuffed in a small box forever. I'm claustrophobic.

Whatever...it seems whatever choices I make it seems barbaric to my siblings. If I ever get married, I don't want to change my name...barbaric. I never want to have kids...barbaric. Don't go to church...barbaric. Want to be cremated...barbaric. At least I'm consistent. Otherwise, that might be barbaric, too, I suppose.
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I want to be buried as soon as possible, directly in the ground (no coffin/casket), under a tree, with a simple headstone.

Please don't cremate my body.
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I've just always assumed I'm going to die in a horrific lab accident that takes out a couple miles radius - so I'll be vaporized, the work's done for you!

Realistically though - cremation sounds good. Then spread my ashes in the mountains (just don't let anyone catch you I think it's illegal). That was one of my favorite places, so I think that's where I want to spend eternity. And then, if you HAVE to have a memorial service - make it a friggin party. No black, no sobbing, just some good music, good food, good booze, and CELEBRATE my life.

I spent too long wishing I was dead to have people being sad when it finally happens. Not that I can prevent it, but I can try, right?
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If it's legal to put me in the ground without a casket, that's even better.

Thanks for the idea, AG.

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