A renaissance gal passionista and her amazing family.

On a recent 5 hour car ride, the topic turned to what you do with bodies when people die. My son’s biological father is passed and we had visited his grave before we left on this particular trip.

I haven’t know too many people who have died. The most recent being my own father, a few years ago. He was cremated. I still have half of his ashes which I will take to Ireland with me one day.

I hadn’t put a lot of thought into what I wanted done with my body when I die. But I know I don’t want it to be traditional. Funerals, coffins, plots… so expensive! I don’t want to leave my family with that burden.

And… it’s just too… boring. My last effort to be “green” 🙂

So I got to thinking… and researching (I can’t do anything without research first!).

Here are a few ideas 🙂

1. Donate Your Body To Science
  • Preregister your donation with a local medical school or university. You’ll be given a registration packet that covers policies and procedures; read it very carefully. More here.
2. Baby You’re a Firework
  •  Special fireworks displays which include a number of unique fireworks designed or modified to incorporate cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular memorial event and happier farewell. More here.
3. A Diamond In The Rough
  • A certified, high-quality diamond created from a lock of hair or the cremated ashes of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life. More here.
4. Plastinate Yourself
  • Volunteer human specimens are used to make them available both for basic and continuing medical training as well as for the general medical education of the public. More here.
5. Become One With The Earth
  • Promession means that the body is transformed into an organic, hygienic soil in about six to twelve months that can then act as nutrient for new plants.Because the coffin and it’s contents are transformed into soil it becomes an important contribution to the living earth.Promession means that the next of kin can plant a tree or bush as a memorial and can see it grow into new life.

    More here.

    Me-cycling. Helping the world, even in death.

Comments on: "I’m Dead, Now What? Recycling With A Twist" (5)

  1. Nice- I hadn’t heard of the fireworks before!
    I saw an article a few years ago about a company who made artifical reefs. They incorporate the ashes of many indiviuals into the final product so that they all make one big home for fishies and other ocean creatures.

  2. This is a very nice article about end-of-life options. It’s crazy how none of us really start thinking about what we want to do for ourselves until someone close to us passes. I also was completely unaware of the fireworks options, my family would probably get a kick out of that 🙂

    I actually work for a nationwide whole body donation program, and had also thought a medical school donation was the only option before I started working here. Science Care allows donation to medical research and training which is different from the anatomical donation through a medical school. Now you have 6 options and feel free to research http://www.sciencecare.com 🙂 Science Care provides training for thousands of physicians each year on the latest in medical advancements, benefiting the community in many different areas, including cochlear implants, diabetes, spinal injuries, osteoporosis, colon and liver transplants, cancer research, breast cancer and more.

  3. I really loved this article! This started the death conversation with my fiance and myself…I am really liking the fireworks idea! I am also considering the “green” option! Funny thing is my dad has always said he wanted to be cremated and then for us to have a huge party and bonfire and throw his ashes in there…now he is considering the fireworks option along with it!

    Also I added a link to your page to my very, very new blog. If you don’t want it there let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!

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