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Old 04-05-2005, 10:21 PM   #31
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I'd like a tombstone in the shape of a tree. It sort of symbolizes achievements and longevity. Perhaps this would be an inspiring message to carve in stone:

"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."
- Helen Keller

That quote has a personal meaning to me, it hits home.
Ahh, the music, that's right, I forgot about that...

Paul McCartney - "Live and Let Die"
U2 - "Kite"
Bruce Springsteen - "Further On (Up The Road)"
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:55 AM   #32
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No tombstone, no funeral, no memorial service, no obituary in the paper. Just cremate my body and have a party. And please don't save the ashes.
I agree with this
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Old 04-06-2005, 05:36 AM   #33
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Ooooohhh, Jeff Buckley's version of "Satisfied Mind."

when my life is over and my time has run out
my friends and my lovers, I will leave them no doubt
one thing's for certain, when it comes my time,
I'll leave this old world with a satisfied mind
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:45 AM   #34
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I would like my ashes scattered at the Ballpark in Arlington-a little odd I know, but it would be such a great final resting place.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:58 AM   #35
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Jeff Buckleys Halleujah would be cool... but I'd probably have sometimes played...

and "he really was crazy..." written on it
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:30 AM   #36
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No tombstone for me.

I told my wife she should just roll the body to the curb on Wednesday for trash pick-up. She takes that to mean cremation (or whatever is cheapest).

Songs at my funeral. I'd pick some powerful hymns.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:34 AM   #37
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I'm kind of into the idea of sailors' burial. Cremation scares me, but then again, so does the idea of my body being eaten by worms.

Being covered in barnacles and coral seems like a nicer alternative.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:41 AM   #38
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no tombstone for me, i like (as usual) what joyfulgirl had to say.

now music, at the party afterwards, that's something i'd get into. so far, i've only told my friends that they absolutely must play "Find The River" by REM, which might be my favorite non-U2 song ever.

god, how gorgeous, you can print the below on a piece of paper and put it next to a nice photograph of me, which is how i'd like to be remembered as opposed to the starkness of an open-casket funeral (i honestly think those are a bad idea ... one of my best friend's mom died from cancer a couple years ago, and it was an open-casket, and i can't get the terribleness of her dead face out of my head ... would much rather her as my 9th grade French teacher).

anyway, the lyrics:

There’s no one left to take the lead,
But I tell you and you can see
We’re closer now than light years to go
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
Fall into the ocean

The river to the ocean goes,
A fortune for the undertow
None of this is going my way
There is nothing left to throw
Of ginger, lemon, indigo,
Coriander stem and rose of hay
Strength and courage overrides
The privileged and weary eyes
Of river poet search naivete
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
All of this is coming your way
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:43 AM   #39
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"Oh, don't sorrow,
No don't weep for tonight, at last
I am coming home"

That's what I want on mine...
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:57 AM   #40
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my tombstone... I will bury a treasure and I will print the map on it hahaha...

about the music for the funeral... some choices:
* MetallicA - the ecstasy of gold... something serious for the opening (before i die i would ask a couple of friends who play violin to bring the whole orquesta there and play that)
*MetallicA - For whom the bell tols
*U2 - Love comes tumbling
* The Cure - lullaby
* U2 - zooropa
* Cypress Hill - You never know (a very ironic song)

and stuff like that. i want my funeral end with a heavy party, with all my friends drunk and stoned listening to stuff like cypress' "tequilla sunrise" and "Illusions" and talking about how cool that bitch was
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U2 - Zooropa
The Sunscreen Song
Beatles - The Long And Winding Road
Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack


I'd love to have 'The Sunscreen Song' played...

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.
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I was kind of thinking, instead of a tombstone, I'd rather have a tree. For a song, the version of Walk On with the Halelujahs at the end.
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:50 PM   #43
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I was kind of thinking, instead of a tombstone, I'd rather have a tree. For a song, the version of Walk On with the Halelujahs at the end.
I was thinking the tree thing too.
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No tombstone for me - Cremation.
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I'm kind of into the idea of sailors' burial. Cremation scares me, but then again, so does the idea of my body being eaten by worms.

Being covered in barnacles and coral seems like a nicer alternative.
Pax - I believe you are not in your body anymore. Whatever happens to your body is irrelvant.
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