Burned, Buried or Dumped?

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What do you want to happen to your body when you die?

Cremated
24
46%
Buried
11
21%
Dumped
6
12%
I am feeling a bit peckish.
11
21%
 
Total votes: 52

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Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Thesh » Sun May 04, 2014 7:06 am UTC

Personally, I want to be buried in a manner to maximize decomposition. I want my rotting corpse to be useful, and that means something's food.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby firesoul31 » Sun May 04, 2014 2:04 pm UTC

Personally, after organ donation, I don't really care. Whatever is the cheapest.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby poxic » Sun May 04, 2014 3:42 pm UTC

"Donated to science"
"Used as prop at medical company convention (frequently the actual result of donating to science)"
"Plasticized and put on display at science fairs"
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Envelope Generator » Sun May 04, 2014 3:49 pm UTC

firesoul31 wrote:Personally, after organ donation, I don't really care. Whatever is the cheapest.


Just what I was going to say.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby 3rdtry » Sun May 04, 2014 7:09 pm UTC

poxic wrote:"Used as prop at medical company convention (frequently the actual result of donating to science)"

I heard they basically open you in front of a bunch of medicine students and start poking around.

"OK now, who wants to see how long the intestines are? Just grab one end and pull! Be careful not to get them tangled up, we need to put them back on their place for the next group"

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby pseudoidiot » Sun May 04, 2014 7:35 pm UTC

Taxidermied.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Kewangji » Sun May 04, 2014 7:41 pm UTC

poxic wrote:"Donated to science"

Donated to philosophy.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby FierceContinent » Sun May 04, 2014 8:19 pm UTC

I don't care, but as they say funerals are performed for the mourners not the departed.

So...
How would you like your dead friend (who said "cheapest") to be buried?




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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby cplns » Sun May 04, 2014 11:41 pm UTC

Organs donated and then buried. I get a bit squeamish at the idea of cremation.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby SecondTalon » Mon May 05, 2014 2:06 am UTC

What I'd like is to be given to scavengers, insects and whatever else wants it.

What'll happen is cremation.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Bloopy » Mon May 05, 2014 3:55 am UTC

Buried, preferably in an environmentally friendly way. The same as OP in other words. Feed me to the insects and leave some kind of mark at the surface so relatives can visit the site of this great feast.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby KrytenKoro » Mon May 05, 2014 2:13 pm UTC

Gutted for every usable organ, discarded in the cheapest legal method.

Anyone who cries at the funeral or makes it mopey gets taken out of the non-existent will. There's gotta be a celebration.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Whizbang » Mon May 05, 2014 2:23 pm UTC

Donate my organs, then whatever. I wouldn't mind being used for science. I've told my wife to cremate me and spread my ashes around the lilac bush out back, but she scoffs at that idea.

There was an image/thread/something I saw a few years ago showing two skeletons (you know, the ones they put in science classes) that had been put in a compromising position (doggy style over the lab table). I don't remember if it was a comment/caption in the image itself or a comment in the thread, but someone said that they hoped that someday their bones could be used to make bored med students happy. That has always stuck with me. Why not let people dance on your grave? Why not let them use your bones as a puppet? Why not have your skull be a prop in a MacBeth production?

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Tyndmyr » Mon May 05, 2014 3:18 pm UTC

None of the above. Cryogenically frozen.

In practice, this might end up simply being an elaborate/expensive way of donating my body to science or something. Who knows?

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Whizbang » Mon May 05, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

Re: Cryogenic Freezing

Is it a given that when you get frozen that a future generation is allowed to un-freeze you when they are able to bring you back to life or do you need to somehow specify that in your will or something? Is there anything that would require them to unfreeze/revive you? Is there anything preventing them from unfreezing you and then making nasty with your corpse? What are the rules?

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby philsov » Mon May 05, 2014 3:32 pm UTC

immediately turned to ash
Ash used to fertilize tree

We'll just skip the decomposition step and go straight to fertilizer.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Tyndmyr » Mon May 05, 2014 6:54 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Re: Cryogenic Freezing

Is it a given that when you get frozen that a future generation is allowed to un-freeze you when they are able to bring you back to life or do you need to somehow specify that in your will or something? Is there anything that would require them to unfreeze/revive you? Is there anything preventing them from unfreezing you and then making nasty with your corpse? What are the rules?


It's pretty much a shot in the dark. Predicting any possible rules for something that might be many generations away is pretty tricky stuff. Hell, maybe we'll all die off before we even get to that level of tech. Maybe we currently aren't freezing people properly, and we'll not be able to be revived. No guarantees at all here.

But shit, considering the alternative is just...nothing, it seems like a fun gamble to take.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby KrytenKoro » Mon May 05, 2014 7:11 pm UTC

As far as being revived in the future goes, I place my trust in humanity eventually developing the ability to time travel, and restarting the human timeline from a utopic state.

I like my friends and family, I wouldn't want to be in the future without them.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Tyndmyr » Mon May 05, 2014 7:26 pm UTC

KrytenKoro wrote:As far as being revived in the future goes, I place my trust in humanity eventually developing the ability to time travel, and restarting the human timeline from a utopic state.

I like my friends and family, I wouldn't want to be in the future without them.


Time travel seems rather more unlikely. The human state being decidedly non-utopic, it appears that nobody has yet done that.

I like plenty of people. I've also moved a lot, and met lots of new people to like. I imagine that if I wake up in the far future, it's highly probable that I'll like some of them. Plus, I imagine there will be all kinds of cool new things to boggle at. Maybe even flying cars*.


*Tyndmyr does not actually expect to ever have flying cars, but will totally ask about it on waking up anyway.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Magnanimous » Mon May 05, 2014 7:35 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:Taxidermied.

As the exact facial expression in your avatar, mounted on somebody's wall.
philsov wrote:immediately turned to ash
Ash used to fertilize tree

We'll just skip the decomposition step and go straight to fertilizer.

This still has the problems of cremation though, notably being terrible for air quality. I feel like there's a more efficient way to make fertilizer from corpses.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Jorpho » Fri May 09, 2014 2:16 am UTC

In the end, it's all up to whoever happens to be left when I'm gone, as I won't be around to care and they will be. I sure hope they don't spend thousands on a shiny padded mahogany box, at least – that thing's just going in the ground; if they want something that looks nice for whatever service they have in mind, they can get some ribbon or veneer or something.

And they'd better make sure I'm properly dead. I'm squeamish about donating my organs, as I've seen just a few too many real-life stories about supposedly dead people waking back up; I don't want anyone reaching for my guts before I'm done with them.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby KrytenKoro » Fri May 09, 2014 3:45 am UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:Time travel seems rather more unlikely. The human state being decidedly non-utopic, it appears that nobody has yet done that.

Well yeah, we're in the first portion of the loop, before utopic technology and time travel are developed.

Joking aside, I just don't personally see enough good in life to be attached to it for its own sake. If the world will still be imperfect, and I won't even have my friends and family, then I don't see the point in continuing to live. I mean, as long as I'm forced to be here, I'll do what I can to help those around me, but I doubt that I'll be enough of a boon to humanity to justify the expense of keeping me alive in the future so I can keep working.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Thirty-one » Fri May 09, 2014 7:54 am UTC

If my wife tires of me, she hopefully just dumps me.


When I die though, I'd like any useable organs donated and then for the ashes to be spread wherever whoever's left wants them (though I specifically wouldn't want any grave or marker).
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Ptolom » Fri May 09, 2014 10:46 am UTC

Who cares? You're already dead.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Tyndmyr » Fri May 09, 2014 4:03 pm UTC

KrytenKoro wrote:Joking aside, I just don't personally see enough good in life to be attached to it for its own sake. If the world will still be imperfect, and I won't even have my friends and family, then I don't see the point in continuing to live. I mean, as long as I'm forced to be here, I'll do what I can to help those around me, but I doubt that I'll be enough of a boon to humanity to justify the expense of keeping me alive in the future so I can keep working.


I imagine there will be some historical value. Imagine if you could talk to people who actually were in the civil war. For a historian, that'd be awesome. So, that's kind of unique.

And hey, humans don't exist just to work...though I do look forward to seeing what things get made in the future. The world has already changed a great deal since I was a child, and will no doubt do so even more before I die. Afterward, for a goodly time? Why, the future, perfect or not, will likely be very filled with new and different things to explore and learn about.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Fri May 09, 2014 4:22 pm UTC

If I had the money, I'd have my casket buried in Greece, spring-loaded and full of confetti so if someone (preferably an archeologist) digs up my body, they'll have a nice surprise! :D

In reality, though, I just want to have my organs donated to science and then the leftovers cremated.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Whizbang » Fri May 09, 2014 4:45 pm UTC

Is it too late to change mine?

I want to be mummified and buried in a massive temple covered with strange writings and pictures detailing my achievements as the last living demigod. I want those achievements to coincide with actual events that have left just enough archaeological evidence behind that the truth is in doubt..
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby KrytenKoro » Fri May 09, 2014 5:09 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:And hey, humans don't exist just to work...

Buy "work" I was referring back to trying to help those around me. Sorry I wasn't clear. As far as that goes, it would probably be more helpful to use whatever budget spent maintaining my corpse to help the people themselves.

Why, the future, perfect or not, will likely be very filled with new and different things to explore and learn about.

Sure, I just don't see why it has to be me specifically who learns about them, rather than allowing someone else to. As long is learning is still going on, I'm satisfied.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Tyndmyr » Fri May 09, 2014 7:01 pm UTC

KrytenKoro wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:And hey, humans don't exist just to work...

Buy "work" I was referring back to trying to help those around me. Sorry I wasn't clear. As far as that goes, it would probably be more helpful to use whatever budget spent maintaining my corpse to help the people themselves.

Why, the future, perfect or not, will likely be very filled with new and different things to explore and learn about.

Sure, I just don't see why it has to be me specifically who learns about them, rather than allowing someone else to. As long is learning is still going on, I'm satisfied.


Ah. I enjoy learning and exploring, so...why not? And it's not as if all that many people opt for cryopreservation...and who knows if all of them can be brought back? It may be something with a high failure rate.

Way I see it, I enjoy living now, and doing stuff. I don't seek death. I'll seek medical care to avoid it, in fact. This really is just the same principle.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri May 09, 2014 8:05 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Re: Cryogenic Freezing

Is it a given that when you get frozen that a future generation is allowed to un-freeze you when they are able to bring you back to life or do you need to somehow specify that in your will or something? Is there anything that would require them to unfreeze/revive you? Is there anything preventing them from unfreezing you and then making nasty with your corpse? What are the rules?


I'd have to assume so. Resuscitation seems inherent to the practice. It seems that the purpose of cryogenic freezing is "okay, I can't live anymore, so I'm going to preserve myself, and when you can make me live again, please do so".

KrytenKoro wrote:I like my friends and family, I wouldn't want to be in the future without them.


Yeah, but then you can see family that you'd never otherwise get to see. Like great-great-great-great grandchildren.


Anyways, I'm going off of Whizbang's second answer. I don't find the body's disposal itself interesting, but rather its surroundings.

Although, of course, surroundings cost money.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby RollingHead » Fri May 09, 2014 8:26 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Donate my organs, then whatever. I wouldn't mind being used for science. I've told my wife to cremate me and spread my ashes around the lilac bush out back, but she scoffs at that idea.

There was an image/thread/something I saw a few years ago showing two skeletons (you know, the ones they put in science classes) that had been put in a compromising position (doggy style over the lab table). I don't remember if it was a comment/caption in the image itself or a comment in the thread, but someone said that they hoped that someday their bones could be used to make bored med students happy. That has always stuck with me. Why not let people dance on your grave? Why not let them use your bones as a puppet? Why not have your skull be a prop in a MacBeth production?

Nice story. I've poked around at disembodied organs and I like the idea of returning the favour to future students. Of course, if any of them can be transplanted to patients in need that's my priority.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby KrytenKoro » Fri May 09, 2014 9:13 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:Ah. I enjoy learning and exploring, so...why not? And it's not as if all that many people opt for cryopreservation...and who knows if all of them can be brought back? It may be something with a high failure rate.

Way I see it, I enjoy living now, and doing stuff. I don't seek death. I'll seek medical care to avoid it, in fact. This really is just the same principle.

Well yeah, it would probably work for you. Didn't mean to sound like I was poopooing cryogenic freezing, I just don't personally have enough attachment to my life to have interest in it.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Choboman » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:43 pm UTC

When I originally had this conversation with wife I told her I wanted to be eaten by lions. Since that would be expensive, hard to arrange/enforce, and bad for the animals, I'll probably just go with organ donation and cremation. I was going to go the 'donate to science' route, but the wife wants a place to visit the remains.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby mathmannix » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:15 pm UTC

Buried with one of those urban-legend-type bells on a string. Although in this day and age, that should probably be updated... so, buried with a prepaid cellphone that has a battery that lasts for a week. And some bottles of water. And maybe a box of Twinkies.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Whizbang » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:21 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Buried with one of those urban-legend-type bells on a string. Although in this day and age, that should probably be updated... so, buried with a prepaid cellphone that has a battery that lasts for a week. And some bottles of water. And maybe a box of Twinkies.



With a solar panel to charge a battery that powers the motor that rings the bell/phone on occasion. Maybe a motion sensor to only ring when people are about.

Also, a wifi web cam + light so people can see me inside.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Whizbang » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:45 pm UTC

Details, details. Wired would work as well. 'Sides, if I am going through all this trouble, I may just have to build myself a mausoleum. And maybe a plexiglass case.

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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Sungura » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:09 pm UTC

I put cremated but I also really I like the idea of a sky burial.
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Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

Postby Magnanimous » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:32 pm UTC

Sungura wrote:I put cremated but I also really I like the idea of a sky burial.

At first I assumed sky burial meant that your ashes would be scattered from a plane. This is pretty cool too though.


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