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When you die, what do you want done with your remains?

Asked by FluffyChicken (5454 points ) August 7th, 2011

There’s a lot of strange things people do with dead bodies these days. Ancient Egyptians had theirs preserved. Hunter S. Thompson had his shot into space. What do you want done with yours?

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incendiary_dan's avatar

I’m thinking a Viking style funeral. Incinerated on a ship. I guess I gotta get a ship, first.

_zen_'s avatar

Cremated and the ashes sprinkled around fluther.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m dead so I don’t really care. Add me to the cat litter.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Cremated with the ashes being divided among a few peops.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I am going to carve myself out an hourglass frame, then go to San Fran or Berkeley and find an artisan to blow a lead crystal hourglass for it. When I die I will be cremated, and have the amount that would run through the glass in an hour placed in there and sealed the rest of my ashes they can do whatever with. Even when I am dead I can still be working somewhere.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I really don’t give a shit. Just flush my ashes down the toilet and call it a day.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central: That a very cool and marketable idea! You might have to be further finely granulated/powdered and mixed with some fine sand/crystals.

I want someone to look over at my timepiece and say, “we’re on Bee time”.

Some_Ghost's avatar

After I died, my body was not presentable to the public, and it was disposed of through flames. However, I do have a tombstone in London (Reading) dedicated to my death. It’s all fine with me. Classic and satisfactory.

marinelife's avatar

Cremated and scattered in the sea.

jaytkay's avatar

Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes were not shot into space. He managed much, much better…

On August 20, 2005, in a private ceremony, Thompson’s ashes were fired from a cannon atop a 153-foot tower of his own design (in the shape of a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button) to the tune of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Red, white, blue, and green fireworks were launched along with his ashes.

Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, is scattered in space, which is also entirely beautiful!

Symbeline's avatar

@incendiary_dan Being burned on a drakkar would certainly be epic. And I only said that because I wanted to show off about Viking longboats. XD

But I need more oomph than that. Just huck my carcass in the dumpster out back, so that someone can find it and get all freaked out. That’d be cool lol.

Coloma's avatar

Cremated and scattered along the river in these hills. Or, you can put me in the pet cemetary with the cats and geese. lol

Cruiser's avatar

What is left of me after organ donation and a few science experiments I will be cremated and some scattered at my favorite lake.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Honestly, I couldn’t care much about it since I can’t even feel about anymore. If I can choose, I would want my remain to be buried in nature, in a beautiful forest, whether I would be eaten by animals or composed by nature isn’t a problem, I could be in one with nature again, that’s what I want, not trapped in a dusty coffin and let my beautiful remain useless.

FluffyChicken's avatar

@jaytkay Thanks for the correction!

My skull is going to my friend Ben to be used as a cerial bowl. I want the rest of me to be broken down by mushrooms

jaytkay's avatar

I would like to be of use as an organ donor, but I do not care about the rest.

After my dad died, we received a letter thanking us for his parts which had been transplanted.

It was within a few days. We were still a bit bewildered by the situation and getting the letter was like the biggest THANK YOU ever and also kind of a note from Dad telling us he was still thinking of others.

syz's avatar

Whatever’s cheapest and lest environmentally unfriendly.

blueberry_kid's avatar

I want to be cremated, donate my insides, and left in a jar. It’s pretty roomy in there.

and when the time’s right, I want to be spread on the beach of Jamaica.

keobooks's avatar

I will let my husband decide what he wants, unless he goes first. Then my daughter can decide. I figure whatever is done to a dead body is done for the relatives so they can feel better when they think of the deceased. I won’t really appreciate it since I won’t be around, so who cares what I want?

I kinda hope nobody has me stuffed—but if that’s what they want to do, I guess it’s fine with me. I won’t be in a position to protest, or anything.

zenvelo's avatar

Right now cremated and ashes spread from the top of Tower Peak at the north end of Yosemite National Park. It would mean a backpacking trip for someone.

Or, if I ever own a house with a vegetable garden, I’d like to be buried with no preservatives in a compostable/degradable box in the garden.

bea2345's avatar

I have no opinion on the subject.

Mariah's avatar

I want my body to be donated to science. If they could learn anything about ulcerative colitis by studying my remains, that’d be great. I won’t need it anymore.

Pandora's avatar

I would like cremation, and I want my husband to witness that they put all of me in the burner. Not bits and pieces after they carved me up for parts.

filmfann's avatar

I want my remains cast into the ocean, but I do not want to be cremated.

Chum that water, kids!

FluffyChicken's avatar

Feed the fish, eh @filmfann ?

AmWiser's avatar

I’ll have my remains cremated, ashes in a nice urn sat on a mantle. I want to be included in all the special holidays (my birthday, Thanksgiving, and New Years day) with a wine toast. My children know the routine and my wishes.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m not sure. It would matter to me what my parents and husband might want. Seeing that my parents are still alive, I feel like maybe they are the most important. If I have to choose my husband is the most important person in my life (I cannot imagine having to choose though) but the loss of a child is so profound, my parents loss might trump everything in that bad situation. If they are both gone before me, then whatever my husband might prefer would count most. Unless I develop a strong feeling for what I would want done with my body.

In my religion, I am not religious, cremation is a big no no. My aunt when she dies will be the first person in my family to be cremated that I know of. There are actually 5 plots owned by my maternal side, two are taken by my grandparents already.

linguaphile's avatar

Cremated and sprinkled all over a certain spot in Lookout Mountain in Alabama. I decided that 20 years ago and haven’t changed my mind.

talljasperman's avatar

I want to be brought back to life…If that is not an option then I want my parts to be given so others can live; as an organ donor. The rest I don’t know about…

Blondesjon's avatar

I am an organ donor and would like for my remains to be used in any way, shape, or form that my help a person that needs it.

I don’t really care about what’s left over. If it makes my family feel better to perform some sort of ritual with them I say go for it.

I won’t mind at all, you know, ‘cuz I’m fucking dead.

everephebe's avatar

Yeah, I’m an organ donor myself. Ha side note I just got my M class license.

So, change my previous answer of:
Bury my heart in Père Lachaise.
to
Bury my left big toe in Père Lachaise.
:D

King_Pariah's avatar

Shove me down the garbage disposal for all I care.

TexasDude's avatar

I’m expecting to be taken up in a flaming golden chariot one day.

Barring that, there’s always this.

Jellie's avatar

Donate my organs and if possible donate what is the rest of my body to science.

Plucky's avatar

Donate my organs and stuff to science/medicine.

If I can’t freeze my brain (for future revival), then it will be cremation of whatever is left over from donating.

Sunny2's avatar

I wanted to have my ashes dug into our blueberry bushes, but then we sold out house, so I’ll have to think of something else. I liked my father’s idea. When I asked him what he wanted done with his ashes, he said, “Put them on a platter and walk three blocks down State Street with them. You won’t have to worry about them after that.” He was counting on Chicago’s windy reputation to take care of it. He didn’t think how he would be adding to the street sweeper’s burden. He always was a selfish son of a gun.
P.S. We did not do that.

sophiesword's avatar

I am gonna tell my family to bury me and beside my grave I would like to have containers with bird food and water, Even though the doves are gonna poo all over my grave I would still like to have company when I’m dead:)

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

I really wanted to be stuffed and placed next to Trigger at the Roy Rogers Museum…but they closed it…and they sold Trigger for $266,000….so there went my dream. I had my red boots and hat all ready, too. :(

blueberry_kid's avatar

Or if I dye young, I want to bed buried on a bed of blue roses, and sent drifted off into the Mississippi river. And I would want to be wearing all white.

gr8teful's avatar

Am whole body donor so I don’t suppose there will be much left of me

blueberry_kid's avatar

We take up enough space on this earth. Why be buried and take up more? I say cremation.

everephebe's avatar

^ We are mostly biodegradable sans boxes @blueberry_kid, and cremation isn’t necessarily at all green.

Jellie's avatar

@everephebe yea but your grave site is still there and takes up space. It’s not like they can bury someone else there. Not immeditately anyway.

This reminds me, there is a Kalaash tribe in Asia which burries their dead in open, above ground graves, i.e. they put them in open coffins, and let the vultures eat the body. Cool.

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