Saturday, September 26, 2009

Funereal arrangements

I've listened to the ads, "don't be a burden on your loved ones" type of thing. A pre-arranged funeral would be just purrfect. Indeed, a plot bought and waiting for you is even better. All arranged by easy and weekly installment plan.

Does any of this make sense to you? Not me I'm afraid.

In fact I was thinking more along the lines of a plan that involves hiring a skip (see photo). Much cheaper than a funeral.

After all, what's the big deal? My body is just a vessel that facilitates my journey on this earth. My body is not the essence of who I am. My body has always been the physical limits of my possibilities. Hardly something to mourn is it?
If I was religious, I would consider death a metamorphosis, much like an insect shedding its cocoon.
On the other hand, being utilitarian by nature, I think I might donate my body to science, and give my organs to others and give life as a celebration of my death.
Rembrandt turns an autopsy into a masterpiece:...Image via Wikipedia
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Lexcen said...

BTW, Frank Sinatra singing "I Did It My Way" at my wake.

Jeannie said...

I'm with you. I also hate the ads insisting you buy some insurance to take care of your funeral costs. I intend to be cremated. I doubt my organs will be of much use but they can take what they want.

I don't want a memorial anywhere. I don't see the point.

I told my daughter and sister that (if there's an open casket) I want a Marilyn Monroe wig on my head so everyone that sees we will think WTF!?! I look horrible blonde. If they know me well, they'll laugh.

Anonymous said...

my body will be donated to science.
The practice here in the states is that the medical schools cremate the bodies that are donated. So it's free for the family!

i will add this: it was a strange experience to dissect a human cadaver. I never did get accustomed to the face and hands....

Death is a transition. Burn my body, or put me in a pine box. I don't care.

Anonymous said...

...the worst pies in London... ;-

Lexcen said...

Pies? London?

Anonymous said...

...a line from Sweeney Todd. I wouldn't want to spoil the ending.