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8.25.2011

Cremation Talk


I'm minding my own business up at the courthouse this morning and got sucked into a conversation.  One fine employee was talking about how her parents wanted to be cremated. However, I knew for a fact that those parents are over-planners and have already purchased burial plots at a local cemetery. They've even gone so far as to have had their names engraved on the headstone. (That's some serious planning.) So I asked this fine employee why they wanted to be cremated when they already had plots. Her answer: They planned on burying the ashes in the plot.

I said that's crazy. She said I was crazy and that it "happens all the time."

Discuss amongst yourselves. Show your work.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

They really do...
Get with the times BG

Anonymous said...

You do hear about people being cremated and still having a grave site for the family to come and visit.
Supposed to save money by not having the casket, the vault, etc.
Also, lots people being cremated still will use a casket at the funeral-anything goes.

Anonymous said...

My dad had a military funeral. At the time they did not do it with ashes. My dad bought two plots when he knew he was dying of cancer.
My mom now wants to be cremated. She doesn't want people looking at her dead body. (Another topic)So we're going to bury her ashes next to my dad.

Anonymous said...

OK, I can see the part about saving money, but that's still CRAZY......why waste all that space (and money on a marker) if you're reduced to nothing but ashes?!?!

Anonymous said...

That's what my father chose to do......my mom's ashes are buried in the local cemetery, they have a headstone with both names on it already......I asked him why we couldn't just spread mom's ashes here at the farm under the oak grove, and he said that in the future, if distant relatives do any research, they will be in a documented resting place. I had to agree with his thinking. By the way, we dug the hole for her ashes ourselves with a post hole digger........had to carry water from the farm just to get the soil moist enough to dig. That was a beating. And P.S., my Mom was a hypochondriac and she actually said she wanted that very same epitaph on her monument "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK". We didn't do it.....I'll bet she is really pissed.

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law's brother was creamated and the ashes were given to her. She was totally creeped out by the ashes and buried them next to her parents in the cemetery. (And for those who will question it, it was a graveside service that was attended and known about by the proper authorities. She wasn't out there buring the urn in the middle of the night or anything.)

Anonymous said...

The dead and buried thing is a beating for the family. The question on cremation is what to do with the ashes, which a plot seemingly answers. If you don't spread my ashes in the sunset inn parking lot (which is where I more than likely caught the stuff that finally kilt me) then I will probably end up on a closet shelf prior to being moved to the storage shed and then repossessed for non payment. The dead and buried thing is a beating for the family. The question on cremation is what to do with the ashes, which a plot seemingly answers. If you don't spread my ashes in the sunset inn parking lot (which is where I more than likely caught the stuff that finally kilt me) then I will probably end up on a closet shelf prior to being moved to the storage shed and then repossessed for non payment.

Anonymous said...

I like when my family gets cremated. Because although I have a back how and can bury them wherever they want on the place, it's much easier with an urn and post hole diggers.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have seen it also. My great uncle was cremated then buried.

Also, I recently attended a funeral with a casket but I knew that they had been cremated so.... like they said above.. I guess, anything goes

Anonymous said...

My parents ashes are buried on our land with a plaque for each, along with my mom's parents.

Anonymous said...

It give your family a place to visit you and not have the ashes in an urn in your house.

Anonymous said...

I am going to be cremated because I don't want to be buried. Burying ashes kinda defeats the purpose of being cremated.
I spoke to a funeral home owner in Dallas and he told me that the flesh burns completely and the ashes are actually the bones (all that is left aftr cremation) ground into a powder.
Anyone confirm this??

Triple Fake... said...

I don't have a problem with that, IF - they have a smaller size plot to hold the ashes. I can't see using up valuable real estate for a full-size plot when the ashes take up only a square foot or so

Plus, you get the whole traditional cemetery-visiting experience (the survivors, that is). I've never understood peoples' desire to keep their late relatives' ashes on the mantel at home. Kinda morbid!


Triple Fake Marcie's Sainted Aunt Tuney's Ashes
(Steve: Sainted, my foot. She used to pay for sailors!)
Classic Married...with Children episode

when your're gone you're gone said...

My family has been one that does not like funerals. So, cremation, and ashes spread. Never saw a reason to gather around together and be depressed and sad. Some feel they need to say "good-bye", but you can say good bye on your own. It does not take a body in a casket to do so. That is just the empty container..... The soul is already gone.

Kind of the same with having a body or ashes placed in the ground for family etc. to go "visit". We've just felt it was not needed.

With the internet, and record keeping becoming so easy to access as to births and deaths, not sure the cemetery records are as important as they used to be.

But all this is very personal decisions, and there is no right or wrong.

Anonymous said...

Cremation=$1000

Burial=Way more than $1000

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Anonymous said...

Rage, Your family and all of us here on the blog will like it when you get cremated too.

Anonymous said...

In this economy I'll donate to science, thanks 11:36.

Anonymous said...

Text from little Johnny: Mom working on the chore list you gave me. We are out of cat litter.

Text from Mom: Will pick some up on the way home.

Text from little Johnny:
Oh wait never mind. Found some in that fancy vase on the mantel. You know the one that has Grandmas name on it.

Cleverly Disguised said...

I too choose to be cremated. I’ve given instructions to have the ashes spread at a particular location that most of those I know find to be peaceful and serene. The instruction further provides that after the ashes are disposed of, a party is to be thrown for all in attendance in a well known establishment located nearby.

Anonymous said...

Buried an old aunt once who had been creamated. The cremains were in a black box that weighed about five to seven pounds. Creepy.

The man that buried her with the post hole diggers had a moment of silent prayer before placing the box in the hole. That was honorable, but if he had known the old woman, he would have been clapping.

:-)

Anonymous said...

my mom wants to be cremated, and no burying afterwards--fear of being underground, claustrophobia, even when she is dead. Gives her the heebee-jeebies.

Ok by me. Whatever she wants...

Anonymous said...

shut up rage. no one reads your posts. when we see your name we skip over it. rest assured this is true.
you r stupid

Anonymous said...

Cremation is unChristian, as it is a pagan practice and a denial of the resurrection of the body. Infidels!

janneba said...

My husband and I both have donated our bodies to science then cremation, he passed away in Aug of 2009, I don't think I really comprehended the fact of getting the ashes back because when the post office delivered them day after Labor Day I think I went into shock knowing this was all I had left of a wonderful husband. Still in shock I think at times.

Anonymous said...

I want to be buried......just in case I die of mysterious causes and they can exhume me many years from now when better technology can better determine the cause of my death!

Anonymous said...

Rage, Your family and all of us here on the blog will like it when you get cremated too.

I bet you're a "Christian."

shut up rage. no one reads your posts.

Except you and at least one other guy, above.

you r stupid

i r sry 2 bothr u LOL

Rage

Anonymous said...

Oh for sure, I know of several people who plan to be creamated put in a tiny little casket or urn and then buried in a plot, husband and wife both, most of them.
Some people just can't go anonymously or apart. They want that headstone so they will have a place for their peeps to mourn them.
Not me. Burn me and throw me to the wind. I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bubear...

If you decide to get cremated, I have an idea for what Mrs. LL could do with the ashes....

Double Fake Family Cat

Anonymous said...

Ehh, I've told my family - we've got a tractor, just dig a hole and put me in it.

But I've also told a good friend to call the police after my body is dumped in the hole.

No one will miss me after that!

Anonymous said...

JUST GOT BACK FROM VISITING WHERE I WANT MY ASHES...ELEVATION 12,600FT
TOP OF STONEY PASS IN COLORADO...49 DEGREES ON AUGUST 4TH...20 FEET OF SNOW JANURARY...4WHEEL DRIVE A MUST...THE FAMILY KNOWS WHERE TO FIND ME...CHEF

grave diggers daughter said...

cremation burial is 'alive and well' it is a cheaper way to still be able to visit your loved one

Anonymous said...

Places I would like my ashes scattered....

Telluride, CO by the hydro-electic plant

The 18th tee at Pebble Beach

Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon

My worst enemy's pepper shaker

Napa valley

Pemaquid Lighthouse on the coast of Maine

The stage of Jason's in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

12th tee box at Augusta National

The top of Baldy Mountain, Red River, NM...facing north

In the bar at Twin Lakes, CO

Inside Jimmy Page's amp

The beach at Passion Island

The Coors brewery, Golden, CO

The Dallas Cowboys locker room

The restroom in the Decatur, TX DQ.

el chupacabra said...

"Anyone confirm this??"
Yes, it's largely true what remains after cremation are the bones.

Soft tissues largely burn away. Water which is a large component of our bodies simply evaporates.

What is left are bones and metals (dietary trace and medical fixtures). The larger pieces of bone are run through a grinder to pulverise them and any fixtures are discarded.

Triple Fake... said...

1:11 -
Maybe you are taking the "resurrection of the body" thing a little too seriously. Why would the physical embodiment of a person need to be resurrected when the soul has already reached its destination? If all things are possible, wouldn't the ashes be reformed into a body?
And if the body is resurrected "as is", that would be pretty disgusting, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

1:11 I would like to see where you found that information in the Bible. Line your remarks up with a scripture reference please.

Anonymous said...

I've already made my plans (57 yr old) so my kids don't have to do it. I want to be cremated after science is through with my body, and they are to dispose of the ashes and not send them back. NO NEED FOR A PLACE TO VISIT. That's just dumb. My ashes will go to the dump with the other ashes from the medical school and my fam can remember me ALIVE AND KICKING. No funeral either...they're morbid and a waste of money. Just a nice dinner at home with friends, a lot of alcohol, funny stories, divide up the crap that's left behind, and get on with life.

Anonymous said...

1:11, If you are calling native Americans pagan, then I must be one also. I'll take their mother earth religion over your book of fables Christian religion anyday. Now must go smoke peace pipe. Ooongawaaa

Anonymous said...

Donation to medical science is by far the best and they'll keep the ashes if you request, which I have done. They just throw 'em out somewhere, which is ok by me..I'll be dead and gone, so who cares?

Anonymous said...

My headstone will read....

"Dr. (insert name here) is a quack!!!"

Anonymous said...

2:08, I like the way you think. My family has been informed to release my ashes on top of Engineers Pass. I got snowed on up there on July 4th. The sunset that day was a religious experience. Ain't nothing wrong with Stony Pass either. I got rather stony there a few times.

Anonymous said...

Rumor is, when your cremated that there's more than one done at a time....may not know who all' in that urn!!!!

Anonymous said...

People who view dead bodies and believe in funerals are morbid. I, for one, prefer to remember the person alive. NO need for boo-hooing, putting on a show. Dead is dead, so time to move on. the person is NOT in that body, so who cares what is done with it?

Anonymous said...

You are goofy 99% of the time Rage, but I read you. It gives me a chuckle.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to ask my family to keep my dead body in cryogenic storage......and keep it that way until future technology can revive me:)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your posts, Rage. I'm not one of the nuts or butt heads or zealots either.

Anonymous said...

Funeral home in Grand Prairie charged my family $500 to "rent" the casket for the funeral - then the body was cremated and buried. I cannot believe they charged to use the casket for 2 1/2 hours at the most! Pitiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 2:45, why don't you pull out your Bible a prove that cremation is authorized.

Anonymous said...

Rage, No, I'm not a Christian. See my post @ 2:51. You have no problem responding to criticism but any logical discussion you respond with psycho babble that only Chris Mathews or Joe Biden could understand. The next time I watch the movie, "Up In Smoke" I'll be thinkin about ya.

Anonymous said...

11:36
Yes donation to science is great. However they have a long list of death-causing diseases that they will not accept. We tried it with my dad.

Anonymous said...

4:44 - What if you come back alive and end up marrying your great-great-great- grandkid??

jeterville flasher said...

I told my family to take me to the back pasture and set me against a tree, at least give me a chance to walk back to the house. If I don't show up in three days forget it because the coyotes and buzzards have disposed of me in a green type of way

BagOfNothing.com said...

I never knew such a thing was done until we buried my father at DFW National Cemetery where it is a pretty common practice.

From their website: Cremated remains may be placed in ground with a flat marker or in the above ground columbarium wall.

http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite "no chit" remarks is "I hate funerals"....really? I love them so much I think I'll kill you so I can go to another one

Anonymous said...

Funeral Homes rip you off man. 500 for this 1000 for that. Just throw me to the hogs. Or burn me up and throw me i the chili at the wake, but first cut off my junk and put it in. 6 words you don't want to hear."There's a dick in the chili.
DF Rodney Carrington