Cremation or buried?

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    Aug 27, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Would you rather be cremated or buried?

    Me? The thought of worms crawling in and out of my eyesockets gives me the heebie geebies! LOL!FW8377.jpg
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    Aug 27, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    Neither, why deprive the world of the chance to bathe in my glory forever ?

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    Aug 27, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    Cremation for sure! The idea of wasting a bunch of money on a big wooden box to stick in the ground sounds very silly. Additionally, I have no desire to have 500 people walk past an open coffin looking at my dead body while they cry or thank God that I'm dead.
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    Aug 27, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    cremation.

    Green deathmatch: burial vs. cremation

    by Josh Loposer
    Jan 11th 2008 @ 2:00PM

    Where will you go when you die? Most likely, you'll either take a dirt nap or float out the chimney of some crematorium. While green burials are fast becoming the hip new way to celebrate your commencement into the afterlife, you're still far more likely to take a more traditional approach. So, here are some things you should know about the big 2.

    While it takes a lot of energy to cremate a body, roughly equivalent to driving 4,800 miles, you might be surprised by the level of carbon emissions released from burning your mortal remains -- in terms of pollution, you will burn cleaner than a Big Mac. Measured in unburnt particles per hour, a restaurant cooking burgers releases .46 lbs/hour, the cremation process only emits .08 lbs/hr. Not only that, but many crematoriums have even begun to use a series of filters to catch your toxins as they try to float away.

    Burials, on the other hand have many environmental downsides -- partly stemming from the ton of work done on your body just to get you looking good for the big day. Embalming fluids that are used to preserve your stone-dead corpse, a somewhat wasteful practice, contain chemicals like formaldehyde, methanol, phenol -- which can seep out and eventually make their way into the groundwater. An estimated 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid are buried in the US each year.

    Take that and add it to the coffin, yet another kinda unnecessary funeral accessory. While there are eco-friendly alternatives, traditional coffins are often built out of rare woods and are sometimes coated with toxic sealants or paints. It's like buying a small car, and immediately burying it -- all to protect your absolutely lifeless body from the elements -- what a racket.

    No offense morticians.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    At this point burial sounds better to me than cremation. It bothers me to think of it otherwise. Maybe that will change.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    My wish is to be cremated. My trainer, however, wants to be plastinated, and I witnessed his signature on his plastination body donation form. I would love to see my trainer's plastinated body, so all I gotta do now is outlive him.
  • auryn

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I'd prefer cremation.


    and by the way... I HATE WORMS. The cartoon kinds are ok, but gummy or otherwise, worms are icky icky icky and scary.
  • Koaa2

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    Cremation arrangements already made.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    paradox saidMy wish is to be cremated. My trainer, however, wants to be plastinated, and I witnessed his signature on his plastination body donation form. I would love to see my trainer's plastinated body, so all I gotta do now is outlive him.


    Sounds much like the technique they use for the 'Bodies' exhibit.
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  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    Cremation for sure. I don't want to be confined to one place after it's all over, I want the wind to take me where it may!

    I'm surprised how many people here want cremation, though. Maybe it's a reflection of different religious values in the gay community? I may be wrong but I assume that most religious people want to be buried....

    My grandpa did both. He was cremated and then we buried his ashes in a small cemetery in the Adirondack mountains.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Neither one for me.

    I wrote about this on my blog a few months back. REALLY freaked my family out. Here's the reader's digest version:

    STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH

    I want to be mulched or composted. I want a green burial. I want to push up daisies and be worm food. Why are we so arrogant to think we deserve to be exempt from the circle of life? Why....WHY would you want your body to be preserved with potentially harmful chemicals and take up valuable space on our shrinking planet for many many years? Or, the other alternative: cremation. It takes the energy one person uses in an average MONTH to cremate a body. Nope, not for me. Put me through a chipper. Ever see Fargo? Like that.icon_lol.gif

    I'm not intimidated or scared of my death, everyone does it.

    No one gets out alive!

    Now that I've freaked everyone out, I'll let you get back to your regularly scheduled debate.

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    Just dig a hole and role me in it. No chemicals please. Somewhere on the family farm in one of the back valleys would be nice.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Buried. I'd like to be fossilized and studied in the future please. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Cremated.
  • EricLA

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Cremated.
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    Aug 27, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    Extra crispy.
  • Delivis

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    Aug 27, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    Hint: You won't care when you're dead.
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    Aug 27, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    So easy. Paper work has already been submitted.

    Cremation, in cardboard box.
    No service at all!

    Don't come cry for me when I'm dead, as you should of been laughing with me while I was still alive.

    Don't come see me now. You have left it way to late. I'm now gone forever.

    Way to much enforces is put on a person when they are dead. Why not do it, while they still be alive.
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    Aug 27, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Buried in a pine box.. If you knew what does not end up in the cremation urn you would agree.
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    Aug 27, 2008 8:57 PM GMT
    I would like my neutrons to be stripped out and scattered through a large metropolitan area.
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    Aug 27, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    Mighty Q stole my response, my ideal burial is to be composted turn me into dirt and plant some tulips please. I actually would lke some of the dirt to be thrown into the ocean though, this way I can become coral as well!!
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    Aug 27, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    chungo44 saidMighty Q stole my response, my ideal burial is to be composted turn me into dirt and plant some tulips please. I actually would lke some of the dirt to be thrown into the ocean though, this way I can become coral as well!!


    Coral? Nice. Me too!icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    It won't matter...I'm taking you all with me. MUAHAHAHAHA!

    if they lock me up first, though, I'd like my atoms to be split individually so that I can provide power to the people for the next thousand years...
  • jc_online

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    Aug 27, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm with Mighty, but first harvest all the organs you can use to provide life for others: eyes, liver, kidneys, etc. then give me some med students to learn on. After all that, off to the compost heap. I believe the soul is really "who" we are and it leaves when we die, so they physical body is only a host , and not worth much after death.
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    Aug 27, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    Burial is such a stupid, wasteful concept. Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars for a casket, plot, flowers, service and all the shit that goes with it.

    Put me on the rack and light it up! Then take those ashes and put them in a dildo-shaped urn or scattered them at the best sex club you can find... LOL....

    I told my partner to take the money saved by not having a "burial" and have one huge ass party...