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Old 02-16-2002, 07:36 AM   #1
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Spin off thread: Burial or Cremation?

I think I'd prefer cremation. A few reasons why too. Ive been to one burial service and it was made so much more difficult as there was no closure for me. He was still 'there'. It made it so much harder to comprehend, and I dont want anyone at my service to feel that too.
I also have that fear of being buried alive, I know its rare, and chances are you'd suffocate before too long, but it absolutely scares the shit out of me when I think of it.
The pro's for cremation are the 3 cremations I have seen, seem to no longer have the 'kiln' or whatever its called directly behind the casket. It seems to be a trend for them to take the coffin away after you have all left. I found there was the 'closure' too with the curtain being drawn. I found it comforting in a way, and the final goodbye.
Also, at 1000c if there are any mishaps, I am not going to feel it. Id likely be dead before I could wake up to realise what was going on.

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Old 02-16-2002, 08:10 AM   #2
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eaten by vultures... that way nothing goes to waste, but I don't really want to die in the desert, so we'll see
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Old 02-16-2002, 09:11 AM   #3
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Donate my organs then buried, if anyone can tolerate seeing my body after the organs are donated.

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I don't like either option. I don't like the idea of cremation because I'm terrified of fire. I know that sounds really stupid since I'll be dead when it happens, but I just hate that thought. On the other hand, seen from the perspective of the people I leave behind (if any), burial lately doesn't seem so nice to me. What happened was that after about 6 years after my grandmother's burial, the grave caved in, meaning that the body and the coffin had now disintegrated. I was okay with it, but my mother was devastated. It was like losing her mother all over again.

Ideally, I would like to be disintegrated completely (imagine some sort of ray that just zaps you - poof!), so I hope that by the time I die, there's some sort of alternative.
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I'd like to be entombed, not buried.
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Old 02-16-2002, 05:42 PM   #6
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Cremation.

Taking up space in a graveyard when you're dead seems awfully stupid and selfish to me.

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Cremation. It's clean, nicely symbolic and the remains don't take up much space in the world of the living.
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Old 02-16-2002, 09:44 PM   #8
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i'd like to die by being blown up
so it'd be a moot point.

no, ummm...whichever my husband did.
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Old 02-16-2002, 10:35 PM   #9
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wow i thought i was the only one with those wierd feelings of if i was buried what if i woke up inside that box 6ft under... just a feeling that i wouldnt like... hell im not even claustrophobic however u spell that but that same thought has crossed my mine to...

which makes me lean toward cremation a lot, but u guys brought up other points i didnt think about... such as the grave caving in again and all the memories u leave behind in other people that they cant seem to walk on from...

being entombed sounds way better than being buried, however cremation is better than being buried to... so im still undecided... lol but i dont even wanna look to that future yet lol
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I really don't care. I've been to a lot of funerals, unfortunately. I think probably in all of them the person had been cremated. The only thing that comes to mind for me is that open coffin funerals are not good. Actually, I really don't know if that's done any more.



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I want to be buried on top of a hill with a gigantic weeping willow and a nineteenth century-style tombstone and marble statue. I want it to be surrounded by a grassy meadow.

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better start saving, melon.
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My grandmother died of cancer 10 years ago...and she was cremated. I found the whole thing to be very strange because there was no wake and no coffin at the funeral Mass, which I was used to. So, I don't believe I personally ever fully understood what was going on because her body wasn't there (I was 11.)
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eaten by vultures... that way nothing goes to waste, but I don't really want to die in the desert, so we'll see
either that or donate my body to science.

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I want to be buried on top of a hill with a gigantic weeping willow and a nineteenth century-style tombstone and marble statue. I want it to be surrounded by a grassy meadow.

lol...

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