I am leaning towards cremation because I don't even like visiting cemeteries (not because I fear death, I just have no interest in seeing a loved one's grave). Plus, what laws will be changed in a few hundred years when we are running out of room on this earth. Will I be dug up and thrown into a pile? I really need to get my act together and get going on my will.
What are your plans for your deceased body?
Just a nice little heap of ashes sitting in the silk lined casket. What an image.
I don't think I'd want my ashes on display in an urn...but I know someone who has their deceased pets ashes in an urn in their living room.... I still don't know exactly how I feel about that. Personally, I'd rather have my ashes scattered or encased in something. And, as for my 2 pets, I don't think I'll be cremating them or putting them in one of those 'pet cemeteries'....but I might feel differently when the sad day comes!
My parents still visit their parents' grave sites and 'keep them tidy'.... it is a kind of obligation that they feel, I suppose. I don't think I really need a gravesite...maybe just a little plaque or brick would be nice.
My late husband has his gravesite (cremation/encased in a wall...like a library sort of) in his hometown and I haven't visited the site since his funeral day 4 years ago....too morbid. I did have a memorial brick made for him at our local Rotary Garden, however, in the town I'm living now. It provides a place for our kids to visit. And a non-religious atmosphere was important to me.
I would think whole bodies are just un-cremated ones. They don't want them to wash back onshore, or be an accidental catch for a fishing expedition. Although, if someone had an amputation, they would likely be considered a "whole body" under these regulations.
One person's ashes don't amount to much - I would imagine they could be spread almost anywhere outside of throwing them over a highway overpass or something similarly messy or dangerous.
According to slate.com one person's ashes weigh about 5 pounds. That's like a 5 pound sack of flour. I got a lot more than that out of my fireplace last time I cleaned it. If you spread it over an average lawn, which I did with the fireplace ashes, I suspect it wouldn't be noticable after a good sprinkling or soaking rain. It's hard to imagine that throwing ashes into the ocean would be an issue.
Check out the site below...Eternal Reefs. I heard about it a few years ago and it sounds like a useful, meaningful, and eco-friendly way to have a funeral service:
I want to be frozen; I'm not going down without a fight. Failing that, I plan on having my ashes spread over the haunted house at Disney World.