SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1599 posts, RR: 33 Posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7491 times:
OK...time for Friday's REALLY stupid, morbid thread: What kind of coffin do YOU really want, if you could choose it? That's if you have the opportunity to pre-plan your own funeral, instead of what the funeral director THINKS your family should put you in.
I'll start out. As an Irish-descended American, I really want one of the traditional Irish simple wooden coffins, which are 6-sided ("toe-pinchers" as they are commonly referred to as).
One example is this one from Remeire ( http://www.remeire.com ), an Irish company supplying coffins to the American market (there is a demand among Irish-Americans for a traditional Irish funeral). This lovely example sports a relief carving of St. Patrick (one of my patron saints) on its side:
Or, here's another alternative I'm thinking about--a lovely, utterly simple, plain pine or oak coffin made by the Trappist monks at New Melleray Abbey in Iowa ( http://www.trappistcaskets.com ). It would fit well with my tastes--utterly simple, like my primary patron saint (St. Francis of Assisi) would have loved. There is no fancy ornamentation on it, just a simple wooden cross on top:
Those two above appeal to me much more than the typical over-ornamented, very expensive US caskets, commonly sold through funeral homes.
Now it's your turn: What would YOU honestly want?
Would you want a simple wooden coffin?
Or would you want to take the plunge and splurge a tiny bit on the two extreme examples following?
1) Batesville's "Promethean" 48-oz bronze, gold-plated casket, perhaps the world's most extravagant and expensive (between $18,000 and $25,000). Is a casket REALLY worth that much? A nice used luxury car could be had for that price...
2) Or, if you want to follow the example of the Egyptians, and live on immortally through modern mummification...There is actually a company called Summum ( http://www.summum.org ) that will mummify you for a cool $67,000! You could either be put in an Egyptian-styled mummiform case, or a Time Capsule case.
So, what would you choose? Have fun, and dream up what box you want!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
Toast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7486 times:
Let's see... I'm gonna donate my body to science after I kick the bucket. Let them salvage anything useful and save somebody else's life with it. I don't know what the procedures are when your body is in pieces, but they can put whatever remains in jars of formaldehyde for all I care. Creeping the shit out of first-year medical students sounds like fun.
I really don't care, though. A garbage can or a plastic bag, and a landfill or compost heap all suit me fine. The only thing I wouldn't want is wasting cash on a fancy funeral. That's why I'll make sure to die penniless. It's not like I'm taking money anywhere.
I also like the idea of my friends burning my ass and having a huge BBQ over it.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11141 posts, RR: 63 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7477 times:
I don't particularly want a coffin, wrap me in a cloth and bung me in the ground will do, or preferably cremate my body on a pyre - but I seem to remember that doing is now illegal in the UK for some reason. I think of my body rather like a shell - it's the spirit inside which counts, and that moves on when you die.
Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 1829 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7439 times:
I want to be cremated - don't like the idea of my body slowly decomposing, stinking and eaten by worms. And then buried anonymously, without a tombstone. My grandparents are buried somewhere under a large, green meadow with some trees, no tombstones anywhere... I think that's lovely. Above all I don't want my family to spend any more money than absolutely necessary.
Good thread idea though!
Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
LHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7374 times:
Morbid thread indeed.
I'd just like to have my ass get cremated and spread out somewhere like Northern MI. The idea of a coffin kinda creeps me out, considering that I am somewhat claustrophobic. Also cemeteries while interesting are a large waste of land in my opinion.
Spent the last week of January in a University hospital and while I was checking-in they asked me if anything goes seriously wrong like it did the other day if they could have my "*caugh* dead body for *ahem* ... uh... autopsy" then.
I agreed, but it did feel odd.
SKYYBLUE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7270 times:
Discussed this with my mother after coming home from my great-grandmother's funeral. I want to be cremated. I told my mother to go skydiving (she is petrified of flying) with my remains and sprinkle me in the air.
QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2030 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7240 times:
Lots of people wanting to have their bodies given to science. I think I'll just have a fairly simple coffin, get cremated and have my ashes scattered but have a plaque somewhere. The only reason for this is so if anyone ever feels like doing some family history they will be able to find me and know a little about me.
SKYYBLUE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7235 times:
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 19): I think I'll just have a fairly simple coffin, get cremated and have my ashes scattered but have a plaque somewhere. The only reason for this is so if anyone ever feels like doing some family history they will be able to find me and know a little about me.
SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1599 posts, RR: 33 Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7232 times:
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 19): Lots of people wanting to have their bodies given to science. I think I'll just have a fairly simple coffin, get cremated and have my ashes scattered but have a plaque somewhere. The only reason for this is so if anyone ever feels like doing some family history they will be able to find me and know a little about me.
I don't know anything about Australian law on funeral practices, including caskets for cremation, but is a coffin required for cremation? Are you planning to have a wake and funeral prior to cremation? Or do you plan on direct cremation after death, with a memorial service later on? If you want a funeral prior to cremation, you could get by with just a simple wooden coffin--and get cremated in it (if there are no metal pieces in the coffin). Otherwise, for direct cremation, is a coffin still required? Or can you just get cremated in a cardboard box?
In the USA, the law says that no coffin is necessary for cremation. Cremation is normally the cheapest way to go--if your body is directly cremated after death. Funeral homes, however, in the name of profit, will try to sell you all kinds of caskets for cremation--such as wooden coffins or cloth-covered caskets that are marketed for cremation, pushing up the price. In fact some casket companies make special caskets that look like normal caskets on the outside, but have a removable interior liner (cardboard box) that gets cremated whilst the outer shell gets reused. Sometimes, funeral homes will "rent" a nice casket for the wake and funeral, then take the body out and cremate it, and reuse the casket.
But US law specifically states that no coffin is required for cremation--even a cardboard box will do just fine. It's the funeral homes themselves that try to "hard-sell" you a fancy casket, even for cremation! In fact, funeral homes in the USA often run afoul of the law and gouge grieving families with all kinds of upsells!
What do Australian funeral providers do?
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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
In many places, the body is required to be put into a container for health/sanitation reasons. For obvious reasons, crematories can only accept a body that is in a combustible container such as a fiberboard transportation container or a wooden casket or coffin. Most wooden casket makers offer models for traditional burial and cremation. Traditional burial caskets have metal hardware such as handles for the pallbearers while cremation caskets have wooden handles and no or very little metal hardware. Interior finish also differs.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
I have no idea of the laws, I think rent-a-casket and cardboard ones are legal. Except I'd prefer my own coffin than one that a few other people have been in too (I know they replace the linings but still).
25 SmithAir747: I'm curious...What do the coffins in Australia look like? Do they look like traditional Anglo-Irish wooden coffins with 6 sides (like the ones I show
26 AerorobNZ: If it's like NZ, and i think it is, the smaller Anglo Irish style is far more common.
27 Babybus: I suspect when I die, I will rise again and be assumed bodily into the heavens. Dying, it's such a waste of time.
28 CO777ER: What ever COSTCO has on sale at the time is fine with me. http://www.costco.com/Common/Categor...C|20595&lang=en-US&whse=BC&topnav= Just kidding
29 QFA380: Yeah, as AerorobNZ said the 6 sided ones are much more common. I've never see or even heard of a rectangular one being used. Another thing we do diff
30 OA260: I like the Indian tradition of floating on a burning raft surrounded by nightlights !!! Or you could go for this one in Ghana :::
31 HT: IIRC, over here in Germany there is the option to rent a coffin to be used for the funeral service prior to cremation off-site. After the funeral ser
32 Aloges: Trust me, some of us were a fair bit creepier than any dead body in the hall. But yes, we do very much appreciate the donations, though our ways of c
33 MadameConcorde: I want some of my ashes to be sent off to Space and float around the universe for time eternal whichever way possible. There must be a cost to this, I
34 Pe@rson: Gees. I'm only 25. I have at least another 200 years before I must consider such a thing.