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...that's the way it goes

Most of the blogging participants here are boomers. We are in that phase of life that I call pre-geriatric. In many cases like mine; the people we loved, valued and enjoyed the most are frequently dead.

We see advertisements on TV for burial insurance and our own demise is always right there at the forefront of the back of our minds. At some point in time, one day, the inevitable happens, presto

Such is life that death is part of it. That being said, what are we going to do when our number is up and we depart this mortal coil?

I made arrangements for my corpse to be donated for organs (not too much useable there ) and what is left over is to be used by medical students through the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Basically they take what they need, cremate the rest and give the ashes to your next of kin free of charge Why spend money on a dead man

It is recycling at its best and at no expense to the family Ashes can be scattered whenever and wherever they want (I don't care where) as funerals and these sorts of rituals are for the living, not the dead

My will requests no services per se, but I do provide funds, a couple of grand, for a wake. It is to be in the spirit of our past parties; eat, drink and be merry The intent is for the wonderful people I call my family by choice to revel, at my expense, in camaraderie with grins and giggles along with fabulous food/drink, and music... albeit with one less drunk

What, if any, are your plans when the Grim Reeper taps you?

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Jan 14 @ 12:07PM  
I only have one request. Not to be buried in the Church cemetery. Other than that the kids can do what they want with my ashes. My youngest son wants them scattered at Stonehenge my daughter thinks the Wounded Knee cemetery would be good. As for me I will be long gone unless my oldest son puts me in that Baptist Cemetery then I will be busy haunting people until they move me, I think the days of the elaborate funerals should end unless a person is rich. In this economy the family can use the insurance money more than a fancy box that no one is going to see again unless the cemetery floods and you get washed down the street. The funeral business is a rip off business that takes advantage of people when they are grieving and I for one don't intend to feed that monster with my death.

Jan 14 @ 12:40PM  
I've told my daughters to do whatever they need to do. The funeral is for the survivors. Though I have asked that the wake/calling hours be in the church hall, so they can have a traditional Irish wake, with food, booze, music (in New York State you can't have food or alcohol in a funeral home), a real party. Everyone knows where I am so celebrate my life...and cheer up.

Jan 14 @ 2:10PM  
Coglins law: bury the dead. They stink up the joint. As for the rest of Coglin's laws...

Jan 14 @ 2:23PM  
Bruce, in honor of your future, and I do pray that it be the distant future, demise, I give you my favorite Irish bestowed upon someone younger than yourself, but in this case I'll make an exception.

"May you live to be 100...and the last voice you hear be mine!"

Jan 15 @ 1:22PM  
I guess you could say I could get a little stupid about my own funeral and I lean to being traditional. Yet after dealing with Wayne's funeral, I can still get furious about the 'package deals' that they offer...they get you in your pocket every way they can at a time when you're hurting the most!

I spoke with the funeral home years ago and loosely laid out what I wanted. But yanno, time changes things. I don't live in that town anymore and I'll probably die where I live now so I need to contact the funeral home here and lay out some kind of plans.

I have thoughts about it but won't know if they'll be possible until I talk to someone at the funeral home.

I want to be cremated and the kids can do whatever they like with my ashes...except bury them 'cause that's an expense that isn't necessary. I will suggest scattering them in the state park where I spent some good memories as a kid.

As for partying and celebrating? I'm content with traditional. After the service having a meal for family and friends where they can be together for a little while just for comfort and support. Speaking for myself, booze doesn't need to be a part of that and that's mostly because my family and friends aren't drinkers...or most of them aren't.

What I don't want that is traditional (because of the COST) is 2 or 3 days of visitation and then a funeral service. I want my closest friends and my family to be able to come say goodbye to me then cremate me and if my kids want it, they can have a memorial service for the public...that will be up to them.

What concerns me more than my funeral service is trying to keep an updated file for my daughters to be able to disperse of my belongings and tie up financial obligations with the least stress as possible. I do not understand people who dump everything in their kids laps with the attitude that "I ain't gonna be here so let THEM deal with it."

If there's something one of my kids wants and it isn't that important to me, I give it to them NOW. Every so often, I go through my stuff and get rid of things that aren't important just so they won't have so much to deal with if I suddenly drop dead. This is all more important to me then how they handle my funeral. They need to do what gives them comfort as long as they keep the expense to a minimum...I ain't paying for a life insurance policy for it ALL to be spent on my funeral. I want them to have as much of it as possible 'cause they need it.

Whew! Sorry to be so long-winded...

Jan 16 @ 9:06PM  
She how easy it is to come and go as I please.

Jan 16 @ 10:41PM  
Sorry, that should be 'see' but my time is short in this profile as you well understand. Be seeing you, especially now I'm on MD as well.

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