have you saved up enough money for your funeral

  • ZakSayWhat

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    Jan 29, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
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    Jan 29, 2015 11:10 PM GMT
    One "hefty" lawn & garden bag. $1. Check.
    Tipping fee for one large roll-cart at the dump. $8. Check.
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    Jan 29, 2015 11:48 PM GMT
    It's not my problem. In my will I've specified cremation with no services. Let the county deal with it. Or they can throw me in a pauper's grave. I really don't care, and I refuse to pay for such things. My body will decay whatever is done with it.
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    Jan 29, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidIt's not my problem. In my will I've specified cremation with no services. Let the county deal with it. Or they can throw me in a pauper's grave. I really don't care, and I refuse to pay for such things. My body will decay whatever is done with it.


    I'm sure you know this already...

    http://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits?gclid=Cj0KEQiA0aemBRC8p87zv_mc5qYBEiQAiEEMQeWlktIn_OgYFMHMBf-S2v2aE9hBmei2kj_yE5j9fwYaAhql8P8HAQ
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    Jan 30, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    bon_pan said
    Art_Deco saidIt's not my problem. In my will I've specified cremation with no services. Let the county deal with it. Or they can throw me in a pauper's grave. I really don't care, and I refuse to pay for such things. My body will decay whatever is done with it.


    I'm sure you know this already...

    http://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits?gclid=Cj0KEQiA0aemBRC8p87zv_mc5qYBEiQAiEEMQeWlktIn_OgYFMHMBf-S2v2aE9hBmei2kj_yE5j9fwYaAhql8P8HAQ

    I am aware, and looked into it some 10 years ago, when my health really started to decline. The arrangements were unsatisfactory, and not what that happy-news site suggests. The reality is somewhat different, once you really ask some practical questions.

    I may be a retired Army Colonel of 25 years service, but all I'm entitled to is a cheap headstone at a national cemetery, where I'll be forgotten. Thanks, but I'll pass.

    I don't want my husband burdened with these issues, if I predecease him. He has my instructions to immediately cremate me, without a wake or service, and to scatter my ashes. If he goes first, I don't care who takes care of my arrangements, or what they are. I'm not so vain as you think, that I would want more than that, or waste my time on preplanning.
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    Jan 30, 2015 1:23 AM GMT
    First save up enough money for the elder care center where they'll park you when you get really old. Nobody wants to change an old man's diapers.
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    Jan 30, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    Having inherited something like 80 plots (I forget the number), anything less than dying by mass murder would be under-kill.

    Plots for everyone! My treat.
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    Jan 30, 2015 4:58 PM GMT
    Hell, yes! I've got it fully choreographed w/ a Schubert Mass, a little Wagner to lighten things up a bit, a procession that will put any "Mile of Cars" to shame, burial in a National Cemetery w/ a towering headstone, and a post-funeral collation that will hopefully devolve into a drunkfest with a few fistfights and DUIs. Can't wait, but I guess I'll have to.
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    Jan 30, 2015 5:05 PM GMT
    I don't want to be buried because I think it's ridiculous to take up land space with an huge environmentally unfriendly box. I also don't like the idea of cremation. Is there anyplace where they just lie you under a tree and let nature take it's course?
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    Jan 30, 2015 5:17 PM GMT
    cremation if the county doesn't do it is ~$700
    save up $700 boys
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    Jan 30, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Radd saidI don't want to be buried because I think it's ridiculous to take up land space with an huge environmentally unfriendly box. I also don't like the idea of cremation. Is there anyplace where they just lie you under a tree and let nature take it's course?


    Pine boxes, like the one my mom asked to be buried in, decompose fairly quickly, as does the body, and family grave sites save space and "keep it all together" at the same time. The "visit one, visit all" approach also saves fuel, rubber, and lowers CO2 emissions. Cremation? Not so much. Burial at sea? Now there's an option, but not for those who want to be remembered with a physical presence.
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    Jan 30, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Radd saidI don't want to be buried because I think it's ridiculous to take up land space with an huge environmentally unfriendly box. I also don't like the idea of cremation. Is there anyplace where they just lie you under a tree and let nature take it's course?


    Pine boxes, like the one my mom asked to be buried in, decompose fairly quickly, as does the body, and family grave sites save space and "keep it all together" at the same time. The "visit one, visit all" approach also saves fuel, rubber, and lowers CO2 emissions. Cremation? Not so much. Burial at sea? Now there's an option, but not for those who want to be remembered with a physical presence.


    I don't want to be buried......in anything.
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    Jan 30, 2015 6:28 PM GMT
    Prepaid for my cremation (even includes an international rider so I can die anywhere in the world and be taken care of ... LOL) and scattering at sea at the same time as we paid for my late partner's cremation. Most of my family has chosen similar plans since we don't care to burden the earth with more cemetery spaces or any descendents with the need to trek to an often depressing spot. We prefer to leave more productive or tangible things such as scholarships for those who wish to remember us and visits to treasured places around the world for visual reminders.
  • tazzari

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    Jan 30, 2015 6:30 PM GMT
    It's in my will. Cheap as possible. I may add something for a knock-down, drag-out wake, though.

    I was originally going for a pyramid, but local zoning wouldn't allow it.
  • toastvenom

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    Jan 30, 2015 7:05 PM GMT
    nope, im my province's problem
  • BuddhaLing

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    Jan 30, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    $250,000 should be enough!!!
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    Jan 30, 2015 8:31 PM GMT
    What a morbid thought..........
  • Antarktis

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    Jan 30, 2015 9:42 PM GMT
    Tibetan Air burial all the way.
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    Jan 30, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
    Not yet. I don't even have a will yet.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 30, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
    Actually, a funeral is more for the living than for the dead. When planning for one'd demise, one should think of the survivors. That should not include spending a huge amount of money and, except for emotional considerations, what is done with the body really is not important as long as everyone feels that there was proper respect.
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    Jan 30, 2015 11:56 PM GMT
    If I live to be old and get diagnosed with a terminal disease I'm having the wake BEFORE I die. Why should my friends get drunk and talk about how great I am without me???
    Then I'll get one of those round the world tickets and take a leisurely pace circumnavigating. Hopefully I'll die someplace where being buried naked (no clothes, no box) under a fruit tree is an option let my carbon circulate!!
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    Jan 31, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
    I'm still saving up for My LIFE...
  • mystery905

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    Jan 31, 2015 1:39 AM GMT
    I have my cremation pre-paid.
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    Jan 31, 2015 2:52 AM GMT
    I look at it this way... Im single, im NOT married, Im not in any relationships, I DONT have kids.... When I die, I can care less what happens to me and what it cost to "get rid" of me.... LOL. Just like I don't have life insurance either except the basic crap I get from my job which is mandatory.

    Those things and insurance that cover final expenses are only worth it when you have a wife and kids...
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    Jan 31, 2015 6:53 AM GMT
    I too will be cremated. While I'm only 29, I have already bought my plot in the cemetery where my family is all going to be. I decided to buy because 1) I want to be by family and 2) grave plots will only go up in price as the years go by, so I figured I might as well buy now. If I end wanting to be buried somewhere else later in life, I can always just sell my current plot. After helping take care of my grandparents and going thru everything when they died, it was a big relief to find they had everything taken care of, planned for and paid. It made everything so easy and motivated me to start thinking about all of that for myself and start getting things lined up. If I do a little here and there thru the years, it won't be a huge blow to my wallet and taking care of stuff now will be cheaper than waiting until I'm knocking on deaths door.