Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for...


Bacon?

In my bacon-y dreams it is, but on the death writer blog,  B is for BURIAL.



After investigating both options, I would have to say I’m not a big fan of burial, even though that bacon coffin is mighty attractive.

For one, burial is the more expensive option.  Why?  You have to buy a casket and a plot.  And although it’s not a requirement to be embalmed (unless of course you are shipping the body to another state) the idea of it is totally creepy.  When I’m dead, I don’t want people needlessly handling my body, unless they’re harvesting my organs.  Hey, guess what?  April is donate life month!  Click here to learn more about organ donation.

Sorry, I digress.  Okay, back to burials. I don’t want to have a stranger who has no idea how crazy and temperamental my hair is styling it.  Why?
  1. they’ll never get it right,
  2. I rarely cheat on my hairdresser, and I want to continue that tradition even in death. The last thing I want my loved ones to gaze upon is me in a casket with flat ironed hair and clown makeup like Mimi. I know, I know that won't happen.  But it could.


What it all boils down to of course is that what we do with our bodies after death is a personal choice, and for many that choice is influenced by religious beliefs.  

If you take anything away from today's blog, let it be this--it’s never too early to figure this stuff out. I hope this blog will be a jumping off point for your exploration.

Thanks for stopping by.  What's your choice?  Have you thought about it?

39 comments:

  1. My husband and I have arranged ours. So we never have to think about our burial plans again. Hehe.
    But you missed the link to bacon. Instead of burying the poor pig (lucky pig!) we eat the meat. hehe.

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    1. Also, if you eat a lot of bacon, it can probably lead to an early demise. But who can give up bacon?

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  2. Oh lawks! Today - I don't want to think about it! *covers ears*

    and you may welll have ruined bacon for me. Lol.

    see you tomorrow :)

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    1. It's impossible to ruin bacon. Impossible. Well, unless you burn it.

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  3. Interesting topic, deathwriter.
    I'd much rather have my ashes scattered over a random highway than be buried in mud, but that could make it harder for the relatives to grief. People are grateful for a place to throw their flowers on, no matter how religious they are. I'm an atheist, but I'd accept to be buried if it comforts my loved ones. I won't care much whether I rot or soar away, after all. :)

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    1. I think grief is hard no matter which option we go for, but I kind of want my family to remember me alive rather than six feet under.

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  4. My kids will probably decide what to do with my body when I'm dead. Thanks for this post. Yours is a blog I'll be returning to!

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    1. Thanks! I don't know how old your kids are, but it's an interesting conversation to have with them. Plus, it's nice to know what our parent's wishes are. Less stress during an incredibly stressful time.

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  5. Mary Roach's book Stiff describes some interesting (and unsettling!) options. For me, I don't know. Freeze-drying, maybe? :-)

    Jenny
    Choice City Native A to Z

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    1. I love Mary Roach, but I am definitely not donating my body to science after reading "Stiff."

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  6. This is the one part I HATE thinking about--coffin or cremation. But I think I'll have to go with coffin since my family kind of shuns cremation.

    I replied to your comment on my blog, btw. :)

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  7. Organ donation (if possible), followed a hopefully quick and painless cremation.

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    1. Well, I would certainly hope that cremation is painless because being buried alive actually sounds worse.

      And thank you for choosing organ donation!

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  8. I'd go with bacon!

    Seriously though, I think I'd have to be burned. Call me crazy but from a scientific point of view, we know next to nothing about the left side of our brain. So what are the chances of us inhabitting this area for a short time after death?

    I'm not saying I believe what I'm saying is true, but if there's a 0.00001% chance it is, I'd rather not take it. Burning my body and becoming one with nature, seems the more natural and safer option.

    So I pick the flame-grilled option.

    /Wes

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    1. Me too. And wouldn't you know it, cremation is my C word. I'm so predictable.

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    2. Ha! No arguement here, means I'll having something interesting to read tomorrow.

      /Wes

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    3. I should probably start writing it instead of blog hopping. This challenge is time consuming!

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  9. Guess if you went with a bacon coffin, it would be more enticement for the bugs to come to the all you can eat buffet of you! (yuke) I would like to be turned into a gemstone!

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    1. If you click on the link at the cremains question on the top right of my page, there's a site that does all sorts of interesting things with cremains.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Hi there! Found you through the A-Z Challenge (actually, through the Twitter hashtag for the challenge). Loved your post because, one, there's hardly anything better than bacon (harhar), and two, I refuse to have a "traditional" funeral and burial. And forget the embalming...

    This past weekend I went to a talk on gardening and composting. The man giving the presentation is planning on having his non-embalmed body composted when he dies.

    It's actually a pretty interesting thought. Hmm... :)

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    1. That might sound crazy to a lot of people, but hey, it's "green."

      I'm so glad my twitter posts are working!

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    2. I want to be composted! If I could do anything, actually, I'd want to be buried under an apple tree, no coffin, just stuck in the dirt, but either way there's something very appealing about the idea of just Going Back In and getting to become part of the earth without anything getting in the way.

      That, or a Sky Burial. That's what my mother wants -- to walk out into the desert when her time comes and just lie down to die, and let the birds eat her. She loves birds.

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    4. Tried to post a link, let's try again...

      http://www.greenburials.org/

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  11. My sister wants a Viking Funeral which I think is cool. I personally want to be buried without having my clothes changed by the funeral home. . etc. No point in taking the time to make me look all pretty when I'm dead. I also want people to celebrate my life rather than morning my death.

    Konstanz Silverbow
    nothoughts2small.blogspot.com
    thewriterace.blogspot.com
    A to Z c-host
    www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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    1. What is a Viking funeral? Are we talking shipping your sister out to sea? Or a funeral pyre?

      And I totally agree with wanting people to celebrate my life instead of mourning my death. At my funeral, well....I'll get to that in a few days.

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  12. My plan: allow harvesting of anything in the least bit useful and then torch the rest. In my will, leave whatever is in my wine cellar to all who attend my wake. Even in death I'll still enjoy hosting parties.

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  13. That sounds like a good plan! I'm sure you'll have a well attended wake:)

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  14. Well good post pamela. Cremate me and throw me in the ocean with some bitchen surf music playing really loud. That dead body container kinda inspires me to wanna paint one. Hmmmmm.

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  15. Those coffins are expensive, my dear. You may just have to make one.

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  16. Bacon, yummy!

    Burials, not so much.

    Hubby and I were widowed when we met and have pre-arranged our cremations through The Neptune Society.

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    1. the Neptune Society, now there's a name I don't hear very much. Hmmm...must Google.

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  17. I opted for, and informed my family many, many years ago that I wanted to be cremated. Things have changed :~( As an Arab, my Companion assures me that cremation is definitely not an option in the Middle East. He taught me about the Arab customs and I've decided I can accept it. No embalming, no clothing change, no cosmetics and same-day burial... without a casket! I can live with that, I reckon (you should pardon the expression) because I'll quickly become part of the land I've come to love so much.

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  18. I've been adamant that I want to be cremated since I was very young. It was only when Grandfather died that I even heard about cremation. But on the other hand I do like the thought of having a gravestone...I'm kind of morbid (romantic) that way.

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    1. You can still have a gravestone. You can even have your cremains place on top of your beloved's casket or have them intermingled for all eternity.

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    2. That sounds like a good compromise :)

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  19. I personally don't really care what happens to my body after I'm gone - after all, I'm done with it! I am an organ donor, so actually I would still be living somewhere. I'm sure I'll be buried next to the hubby, tho.
    When I was a kid, my dad mentioned that he was afraid to be buried because someone might pee on his grave. So when he did pass away, the man at the cemetery went to show me & my siblings where his plot was - in the 4th level of a mausoleum! We looked at the square they had marked, looked at each other and I know I started laughing. No one could pee on him and we will always have to look up to him!

    Interesting topics!

    Lisa, Random Ramblings

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  20. Thanks! It would be difficult, but he still could be peed on, but I doubt it.
    Thanks for posting and for being and organ donor! That's my "O" topic.

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