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    What To Do When You're Dead: Science Edition | I Fucking Love Science

    I didn't know what section to post this under. Biology? Religion? Philosophy? Psychology? But either way it is an interesting article, and I'm surprised it hasn't been a bigger idea in the media. Baby boomers and their kids have changed every institution or tradition they came in contact with, so it was only a matter of time until they changed death and traditional funerary practices. I must admit the idea of being encased and isolated in a box in the ground depresses me. Of course, people have been tossing loved ones ashes around for a long time, but the idea of directing them to become something in particular is kind of new.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeG View Post
    What To Do When You're Dead: Science Edition | I Fucking Love Science

    I didn't know what section to post this under. Biology? Religion? Philosophy? Psychology? But either way it is an interesting article, and I'm surprised it hasn't been a bigger idea in the media. Baby boomers and their kids have changed every institution or tradition they came in contact with, so it was only a matter of time until they changed death and traditional funerary practices. I must admit the idea of being encased and isolated in a box in the ground depresses me. Of course, people have been tossing loved ones ashes around for a long time, but the idea of directing them to become something in particular is kind of new.

    I recall that it was also discussed in this episode of SciShow, and when I watched it, I was baffled by all the available options besides burial and cremation.
    Another option one could choose, is donating one's body to science (which is basically ending up on a dissection table).

    If I had to choose, I would opt for cremation and choose the Space Burial Service, offered by Celestis.


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    I've donated the whole kit and kaboodle to science - lets hope they find something useful
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    There's also the way to donate your organs to hospitals to use in other humans to prolong their lives. Depending upon age I would think that many organs are very much in demand and will be of great use. That way you can still "live" even though you are dead.
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    Id liked to be buried in a park with trees instead of tombstones and play grounds for kids and have a tree planted on top, assuming the organic molecules can be absorbed by the tree as a gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icewendigo View Post
    Id liked to be buried in a park with trees instead of tombstones and play grounds for kids and have a tree planted on top, assuming the organic molecules can be absorbed by the tree as a gift.
    Yep. I'd choose a combo of donating organs, having the rest donated to science and if something remains, have it buried and a tree planted on top of it.
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    Remember if you donate your body to science, they have to do something with it when they've used whatever they need. My MIL was buried a couple of years after her death because she'd done that.

    Me? I have no idea what tissues or organs might be useful once I'm done with them, but I really, really want to be composted or become part of an orchard or a garden or a native forest or something. There is one organisation doing something like that here, but the last I heard they were getting all "purist" about it and the bodies were buried without any record or plaque anywhere.

    Seeing as I have no idea what my grandchildren's grandchildren might or might not do about tracking down the ancestors, I think having no markers at all is a bit of a drawback. I rather like visiting graveyards and tracking down relatives so I'd prefer that option to be available if it's possible. I don't want a headstone or anything, but a kind of a list at the entrance or something might be appropriate. (I'm thinking of my dad and my grandfather here. Their ashes are interred at the place where we held their funerals, but they also have memorial plaques in the military memorial section of a cemetery way on the other side of town.)

    I do like the idea of helping something grow and flower and fruit for decades after I've gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post

    If I had to choose, I would opt for cremation and choose the Space Burial Service, offered by Celestis.
    I want to be a tree or plant of some kind. But I'm not really picky, as long as my atoms are above ground and apart of something.
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    An old friend of mine told me he wanted to make sure he died at the top of a very narrow spiral staircase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    An old friend of mine told me he wanted to make sure he died at the top of a very narrow spiral staircase.
    Okay, why?
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    That would be telling.
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    What to do when you're dead
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    I want to be composted, used to support the life of some plant. No plaque, no marker, my job is done and I want to be forgotten.
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