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Comment by booklover on May 6, 2012 at 6:21pm

That is cool Jessica!  My Mom wants to be cremated, and then, since we are a small family, just have a little party with some good food and drink, and maybe share a few memories.

Comment by Jessica on May 6, 2012 at 3:32pm

This is what I would like when I die.  I have been struggling with burial, science, or cremation but when I saw this I was sold.  One of my favorite series of books is Dune and the witches in the series are buried and then a tree is planted over them.  So, I want to be a tree I just don't know what kind yet.  I really like Japanese Maples, they are so pretty but a fruit tree would keep on giving.  Here is the link for an article about the urn.

Update on Funeral,  It was full of prayers and other bible scriptures.  However, 10 minutes into it my cousin's husband has a seizure and dropped like a rock to the ground (he was standing).  The weird part was I watched it play out since I was standing in the back and he went down in slow motion for me.  If he had been 2" to the right he would have split his head open on a gravestone.  My other cousin works in the medical field/ER so I was not concerned about his care she jumped right to it.  All I could think about was "there's intelligent design for yah..."  After they got him inside the pastor started back up where she left off,  most interesting family funeral ever.

Comment by Paula T. on May 6, 2012 at 3:28pm
I hope everyone had a happy Cinco De Mayo...we went out to dinner after our last night of bowling and all agreed to avoid any Mexican restaurants! After driving past a couple of our way to our destination, we could tell we made the right decision...lines out the door!

On the topic burials, I would love to be composted, but I don't believe that option is available (or legal?) in the United States. I've already let my family know to spend as little as possible when the time comes, including no viewing and absolutely no funeral. I am toying with the idea of leaving my body for medical research, but that isn't compatible with organ donation. So in some respects, I still have to final decisions to make. I must admit that I have had close to ZERO experience in planning funerals, but I have a feeling I will be helping out when my dad passes. With his health problems, it looks like it will be sooner rather than later.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on May 6, 2012 at 1:24pm

About burial: it is my cultural tradition to bury to un-embalmed body in a simple linen shroud, and nothing else. (Whence the origin of the shroud of Turin). I would be perfectly happy with that, because the linen would decay rapidly, and my body would return to the soil. Too bad the law doesn't allow that, so we've substituted wooden coffins -- those decay, too. I don't really want to be a fossil, because I think there are enough examples of homo sapiens, but what I REALLY would like is for my body to be a hanging skeleton in a high-school biology classroom! But alas, they're all plastic nowadays -- waste of plastic when you could have the real thing! :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 5, 2012 at 9:57pm

I had some leftover chicken breast that I had baked with bell peppers, onion, corn.  I cut it up into small pieces and added some salsa and leftover jalapeno slices; nuked it all and rolled it up in a warm corn tortilla. (I forgot to add some avocado and cilantro) It was okay.

BUT:

I think what I'm really hungry for is a restaurant Chili Relleno .... or two. 

YUM!

Comment by Steph S. on May 5, 2012 at 7:28pm
Oh what a cute graphic sk8eycat!
Well that cheese enchilada sounds like a yummy idea.
I love Mexican food myself! Very tasty!
Comment by sk8eycat on May 5, 2012 at 6:49pm

(What I'm really hungry for right now is a chili tamale with cheese on top, but none of the Mexican restaurants around here deliver [I don't drive anymore. Too dangerous]....well...I do have tortillas, cheese, and salsa fresca.  I guess that will have to do.  *sigh*)

Comment by Steph S. on May 5, 2012 at 6:30pm

On a happier note ... Happy Cinco De Mayo.

Comment by Pamela on May 5, 2012 at 10:40am

My father-in-law died last summer, and although he never made his beliefs known he did leave specific instructions for the disposal of his remains.  His instructions started with "call someone to haul my carcass away" and didn't get much more serious after that!!  He wanted a cremation and burial next to his wife and even wrote "don't be afraid to go cheap on a container, it's just going in the ground).  No clergy, no wake, etc.  His two sons and their wives stood in complete silence while the small box was buried.  Nicest funeral I ever attended!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 5, 2012 at 10:23am

Ruth, what is so not-green is/are the fancy metal caskets...our molecules should be returned to the Earth that nourished us, but most "civilized" places won't allow that.  It's even against the law to bury dead pets in your own yard...so we don't tell anybody when we do it.

One friend still has the ashes of her first Chow in a plain brown wrapper that she puts under her Solstice tree every year.  She says he always took such pleasure in lifting his leg on her holiday decorations....

 

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