As me wife has spent the morning at a funeral it has set me thinking as to what she and I are to do as regards instruction about if we are to be buried or cremated. As we are both over 60 years of age I think it is a subject that we should seriously talk about and hopefully come to some sort of decision.
If it was all left to me alone and there was no one else to consider I would opt for leaving my body to medical research. But obviously things are very unlikely to work out like that. We have children to consider and anyway my wife would never let my body go for medical research.
So how would you like your body to be disposed of after your death? I am rather of the opinion that we should just consider the feelings of those that are the nearest and dearest to us. So as in my case there is no way of persuading them to give my body to medical research I will just end up with a conventional burial or cremation.
we go out walking quite a bit, and in some places u'll find a nice bench with brass plate in memory of someone who loved that particular spot. Last one (last week) was somewhere along Grantham Canal, with a nice view.
that I would like my body to be cremated (with a minimum of fuss and expense) and my ashes scattered into the sea at low tide on Southwold beach; a place where I have spent some of the most relaxed days of my life.
A question that I am sure many of us have pondered.
When my time comes, I won't be in a position to worry about it. But... even though I won't know about it, I feel that burial in a cemetery is not for me - decaying under 6' of earth, being forgotten about after a few years, weeds covering everything and monopolising (unnecessarily) a portion of the Earth's surface.
My feelings for demise are... take any bits that might help someone (even if those bits a v-e-r-y old), then cremate me and scatter the remnants in the crem's garden of rest . BUT!!!!... make sure I'm dead first!
I won't know about it, within a short time there will be nobody else who will know about it; so let's just leave things tidy. (And there won't be bits for "Time Team" to worry and puzzle about in a few decades time ;-)) )