This has some rather ghoulish implications:
Admiring Friend: "That's a lovely engagement ring?"
Beaming Bride: "Yes, it's my husband's grandfather. I feel sooo honored!"
On the related topic, my wife's father has an above-ground crypt (basically a drawer in a wall). We say he wasn't so much "planted" as "binned."
OOH ! I wonder if there is one in the UK....
RiverRunsDeep said:Has anyone read "Stiff" by Mary Roach? It is an interesting take on what happens to bodies that are donated to science. Interesting, but irreverently and sidesplittingly hilarious!
There are small problems and a LOT of money involved in exporting a body. But I'd go for one of those in whichever country I die in, unless my daughter got very upset...Not yet, but you could always go to Australia, if the U.S. doesn't appeal!
First of all, when you're dead, you're dead. You won't care.
Second of all (which means I guess I DO care!), I would much rather be recycled by nature, fertilize a tree or something, rather than be separated from everything as an impervious rock. Unless that's what nature has planned for my remains.
Actually, I don't know how to achieve the end of becoming fertilizer in this day and age. I guess cremation is the best choice? Because if you're buried, there is preserving fluid and water-tight vaults and such? Is that right? I guess I'm going to have to research this before I go. Which is kind of ironic--I have to go to special efforts to make sure the most natural thing happens! Of course, I understand that you can't just ask your family to throw your body out in the back yard and leave it there until it disintegrates . . .
I saw this and thought it was interesting for this particular sub forum to discuss. It's a company that will take your cremated ashes and turn them into a diamond (or multiple diamonds) for your loved ones to wear.
What do you think of this? Would you want to be turned into a diamond? Would you want to wear a diamond that was made from the carbon atoms of your loved one?
Also, it made me think...what once living things carbon atoms are in my diamond ring? Does the energy of a crystal come from what path the atoms took to get in there?
It's such a weird thought I don't know what I think.