Cremation: the Hygenic way

Gnome 11 thopkins at thopkins.demon.co.uk
Wed Mar 10 16:52:12 EST 1999


In article <36E6BCE1.7C5D5455 at raleigh.ibm.com>, Chris Hedemark
<hedemark at raleigh.ibm.com> writes
>Ulf Bengtsson wrote:
>
>> Did you know that cremation emits a very substantial amount of mercury vapour?
>
>Big deal.  I'm convinced that burying does far more to hurt the
>environment.  Earth is for the living.  Cemetaries and country clubs are
>the two largest wastes of land in our world today.  Worse yet, we bury
>people horizontally to maximize waste of surface area (at least some
>people have the good sense to stack coffins two high, which is at least
>somewhat more efficient than the norm).
>
>I fully intend to be cremated.  When I die, my leftover flesh is but a
>discarded shell.  It should not continue to waste space.  I don't
>particularly care how my loved ones discard of the ashes as long as they
>aren't saved in an urn somewhere taking up space.
>
>If my body cannot be cremated because of some silly future legislation,
>then I wish to be buried un-pickled in a burlap sack underneath of a
>newly planted tree.  If I must be buried in the ground then at least I
>want to be of some value to some living thing.  And sentimental as we
>humans are, it would give something much lovelier to my family to
>remember me by then some cold morbid headstone in a sea of corpses that
>have been preserved to hog real estate for the next few centuries.

Die in England. You can be buried anywhere you want to in anything you
want. If it is not in a graveyard, then the authorities need the
location (in case they later think they have come across a murder) and
for some strange reason, you need two doctor's death certificates, not
one.
>
>I think if this were to become our tradition, we would certainly pay
>more attention to our trees than we do now.  Out of respect for the dead
>and whatnot.
>
>If it were legal, I think it would be neat for the dead to sell their
>bodies to make playthings for the rich.  The money would go to the loved
>ones of the dead.  Personally if rich people got a hankering for human
>head mountings on their trophy wall as a sort of gimmick, I'd give it up
>for a nice sum.  My hands would make nice ash trays.  My legs, properly
>preserved, legs to a table.  It is pretty morbid and I would never have
>something like that in my house but the rich have eccentric tastes, and
>money to burn.  Could a dead human body be worth $50,000 or more in
>novelty parts?  My family could use that money.  But my wife would never
>tolerate it, as she attaches more sentimentalities to the shell than I
>do, so I would probably never really participate in such a thing.  If
>such a morbid practice became the norm in rich circles, how much do you
>think Bill Gates' head would go for?  Pavarotti's vocal chords?  
>Stephen Hawkings' brain?  Bill Clinton's... errr... nevermind.
>

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Gnome 11



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