Have any of you  really thought about it?.........Do you want to be buried in a religious  cemetery, after all the things  we say about Theists......Many of us  do want to be interred with family members...but what about those  families that have disowned  their Atheist son or daughter?......Maybe  what we need is a place  for Non Believers  to rest in peace......How about   a green funeral  where  the coffin  disintegrates  easily into the surrounding earth to enrich  new life.....I do know  The American Humanist  Association...offers  to officiate  at an Atheist/Humanist  funeral service, but not sure  if there is a cemetery  just for  us.....Something  to think about.....I would  appreciate  your  comments.....

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Comment by Cory "The Fox" on August 9, 2014 at 11:12pm

I wanted a pyre like my viking ancestors....

But I learned that's illegal now! Not to mention the theists would automatically deem it 'pagan' (which, at least initially it wasn't even religious, just a show of respect/love for the departed) and a 'not okay' activity. So cremation will probably have to do.

I guess I'd like to be distributed in a forest. The plants in my favorite form of terrain would do well with the carbon-based charcoal that remained of what was once... Me.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2014 at 10:57pm
I like the idea of green burial but I don't know if it's possible where I live. And if it is l don't want the graveside service. I think those are just far too much to put a family through. And my family would be praying which pisses me off to even think about. So I'll probably go for cremation. Even though l don't like the fuel it uses. Or the toxins it releases into the environment.
Comment by Freethinker31 on August 9, 2014 at 9:27pm

@Ceil.......I respect what you plan to do as well, however  I doubt my family would be pleased at my cremation,so not sure  I would want to put them through that...Luckily  I still have time  to change my mind...

Comment by Freethinker31 on August 9, 2014 at 9:23pm

@Carl.......Way to go  !!!!!!     That sounds  good to me  as well....I also  plan to donate my workable  organs, the rest can be buried  in  a green coffin hopefully in a Humanist  cemetery..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 9:16pm

It's my plan to give my entire body to science for research and educational purposes.  I don't wish to have any type of religious-themed service but I would like to have a memorial party held in my honor. 

Catered food with deli meats for sandwiches, salads, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, etc.

My favorite music playing.

Spoken works of relative poems and writings of my choosing.

A table with important photographs. 

Comment by Ceil on August 9, 2014 at 9:12pm

I do not want to be buried.  I wish to be cremated and the ashes scattered.  The planet can't sustain burial plots for everyone.  At some point there'd be too many plots and no available land for the living.  

Also, the best land in every town near here seems to be used for cemeteries.  What a waste.

Comment by Freethinker31 on August 9, 2014 at 5:54pm

Thank you for responding Daniel, I am so happy for you  that you found  a place that suits  your needs....Lets  hope  the rest of us can....:)

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 9, 2014 at 5:38pm

White Eagle Memorial Preserve in Washington state.  No toxic chemicals, no wasted concrete and steel crypts, no toxic chemicals pumped into my arteries and veins, no pesticide and other chemical laden cemetery, no carbon pollution from cremation, no maudlin ceremony which only supports the exploitative funeral industry.

I have cancer.  It is stable, but it's important to think about these things.  I have made this wish known, although I have not signed a contract yet.

There is a growing number of green cemeteries and green burial options.  It is not necessary to poison and pollute, to be buried.

There are also options for burial at sea, reasonable if you live near a coast.

I have thought about a memorial monument of some kind.  I've been thinking, a civic bench made of stone, with some sort of expression, such as mentioned elsewhere on Nexus, and my favorite, the words of Robert Greene Ingersoll...

Justice is the only worship.
Love is the only priest.
Ignorance is the only slavery.
Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now,
The place to be happy is here,
The way to be happy is to make others so.
Wisdom is the science of happiness

But he also said a lot of good things.  So possibly, a more inspirational bench, would also include reference to Ingersoll, and honor him, with my name as the donor for the bench.

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