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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2013, 01:52:17 pm »
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I think that the whole embalm, coffin, bury thing is rather wasteful, in money and space, so I'd like to be cremated and scattered across a beach or in a forest.

I don't know if any pagan paths say what should be done with a body after death. I'm just curious to everyone's responses. Does your faith influence what you want done?


I'm still kind of on the fence as to what I'd like done. I fairly recently read an article about a company that would take the cremated remains of a person, mix them in an eco-friendly "cement" of sorts and create a ball that would then be used to help rebuild the oceans coral reefs that are deteriorating. You can choose the size of the structure and have a plaque attached as well if you wish. If I remember correctly it was a fairly inexpensive process.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2013, 01:59:05 pm »
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I'm still kind of on the fence as to what I'd like done. I fairly recently read an article about a company that would take the cremated remains of a person, mix them in an eco-friendly "cement" of sorts and create a ball that would then be used to help rebuild the oceans coral reefs that are deteriorating. You can choose the size of the structure and have a plaque attached as well if you wish. If I remember correctly it was a fairly inexpensive process.

 
On the same sort of thing, my girlfriend's joked that she wants her ashes mixed in with paint and be painted into something beautiful.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2013, 02:20:11 pm »
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I don't know if any pagan paths say what should be done with a body after death. I'm just curious to everyone's responses. Does your faith influence what you want done?


Cremated. I like the idea that smoke carries us into the spiritworld.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2013, 03:26:55 pm »
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I think that the whole embalm, coffin, bury thing is rather wasteful, in money and space, so I'd like to be cremated and scattered across a beach or in a forest.

I don't know if any pagan paths say what should be done with a body after death. I'm just curious to everyone's responses. Does your faith influence what you want done?

After working as a medical technician, especially after being a dialysis technician, I've seen what the generosity of donating organs can do for a family.

I've discussed this with my brother (who is a medical doctor), my husband, and son. I am a registered organ donor and I told them I want the harvest team to pick and pull anything usable. And then they need to burn (cremate) anything left over.

I'll be gone and don't need the stuff anymore ... let someone else have a better quality of life with it.

By the way, it is a good idea to have your wishes put down in writing before you have departed.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2013, 03:41:31 pm »
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On the same sort of thing, my girlfriend's joked that she wants her ashes mixed in with paint and be painted into something beautiful.

 
Ashes can also be used for glaze and even mixed into clay. After firing, one's cremated remains would in a way live forever on and as a ceramic object.

For me - use what's usable, cremate the rest, reunite my ashes with those of my dogs that have gone before me and then take us all to the woods for scattering.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2013, 03:53:49 pm »
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No embalming or cremation. Woodland burial with a cardboard or wicker coffin.
Pretty much the same as you. I want to be Buried naturally somewhere. Can't be an organ donor because of illnesses, wish i could though.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2013, 12:34:21 am »
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I don't know if any pagan paths say what should be done with a body after death. I'm just curious to everyone's responses. Does your faith influence what you want done?

 
What about the funeral before hand? What would a pagan funeral look like? Surely there must have been one at some point. It might be difficult for recons, as some funeral practices might be hard to replicate, or even illegal. I imagine it would be very hard to undergo a traditional Egyptian mummification process for example.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2013, 12:46:50 am »
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What about the funeral before hand? What would a pagan funeral look like? Surely there must have been one at some point. It might be difficult for recons, as some funeral practices might be hard to replicate, or even illegal. I imagine it would be very hard to undergo a traditional Egyptian mummification process for example.

 
I can't remember what they are called, but I believe there is one place in the US that does this, but it costs like $28k+

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2013, 12:49:59 am »
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It might be difficult for recons, as some funeral practices might be hard to replicate, or even illegal.


Getting 'cremated' outside in a bonfire (or in a boat) tends to be illegal, yes. There might be ways to go around this, but not easy ones. If it is possible to have a memorial service at home, it might be possible to replace the body before taking the coffin for official cremation and - given there is a possibility for a bonfire, depending on location, legislation and weather conditions - put up a "memorial bonfire" with the actual body burning along it. :p Of course, the body should not be embalmed...

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One British taxi driver got his body mummified for science last year, actually. :) The knowledge on how-to is there, but availability is another thing altogether.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2013, 01:44:15 am »
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I'm just curious to everyone's responses. Does your faith influence what you want done?


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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2013, 05:53:38 am »
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No embalming or cremation. Woodland burial with a cardboard or wicker coffin.


Same here. I wish I could know what kind of tree would mark my place, though - it's all a matter of what's sustainable in the area.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2013, 09:44:05 am »
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I'm still kind of on the fence as to what I'd like done. I fairly recently read an article about a company that would take the cremated remains of a person, mix them in an eco-friendly "cement" of sorts and create a ball that would then be used to help rebuild the oceans coral reefs that are deteriorating. You can choose the size of the structure and have a plaque attached as well if you wish. If I remember correctly it was a fairly inexpensive process.

 
Living Reef Memorials is, I think, the company you mean.  After my organs are donated, I want to be cremated and become part of one of their reefs.
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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2013, 10:25:11 am »
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Living Reef Memorials is, I think, the company you mean.  After my organs are donated, I want to be cremated and become part of one of their reefs.


I would like one of those green burials they've discussed on the news a couple of times. They wrap you in a shroud or a coffin made of biodegradable material and bury you in a park, and your family can choose a plant that's indigenous to serve as a marker.
 
As for a memorial, I don't want a memorial, I want a wild party with drinking and people making out in dark corners and such (preferably with everyone getting home safely, if a little tipsy). None of this two wakes and a funeral thing that my great aunt just had.

That reminds me, I really should get a living will, because I know my family would probably give me a Catholic funeral otherwise.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2013, 11:28:55 am »
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That reminds me, I really should get a living will, because I know my family would probably give me a Catholic funeral otherwise.

 

My instructions are already enshrined in my will as far as possible - obviously some decisions like who will conduct the proceedings cannot be specified at the moment as I hope it will be many years yet before it becomes necessary.  

 I have a letter of wishes that goes with the will which gives them the current details of who should act and can be updated as necessary without requiring the will to be re-written.

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Re: What do you want done with your body after you die?
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2013, 12:05:12 pm »
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What about the funeral before hand? What would a pagan funeral look like? Surely there must have been one at some point. It might be difficult for recons, as some funeral practices might be hard to replicate, or even illegal. I imagine it would be very hard to undergo a traditional Egyptian mummification process for example.

 
Unless my son grows up to be Pagan, I will probably end up with a kind of traditional funeral.  I would love to have some of the Chinese traditions followed, as we did for my great grandmother.  But ultimately, I feel that the funeral is for the living, so my living family will have my blessing to do what they feel they need.

And it does suck that you can't scatter ashes in a lot of natural areas.  My dad's mother wanted to be scattered from one of the local mountain peaks by where she lived, but it was a national park so we couldn't.  We did scatter her ashes in the desert she loved, so I hope she is content with that.
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