An offshoot of the organ donation thread… apologies if it’s been done. I know we’ve had a million “plan your funeral” threads; this is slightly more specific to disposal of the body. What do you want?
I want to be buried with the minimum possible covering. I understand Orthodox Jews are buried in just a shroud, no coffin; that sounds great. No embalming, please. Rent a show coffin for the funeral if you have to, but I want to decompose as quickly as possible.I think just as my spirit will return to the universe, my body should return to the earth. I’m not averse to cremation (my dad was cremated - in a $5,000 coffin that was pretty much forced on my mother, I might add) but this is what I would prefer.
Since I will be done with them, the medical folks are welcome to any parts of my body someone else happens to need. That’s actually the only better way I can think of to dispose of my body: keep the living bits and use them for something useful.
(People look at me rather strangely if they know I’ve made a will and have definite ideas about this sort of thing. It’s not like it won’t happen if I don’t think about it, though. Hell, I’m a gay man - for all I know I could get fag bashed tomorrow. Or I could suffer my long-awaited fate of being killed in a freak library accident. In any case, I prefer to know I have my papers in order.)