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this is not morbid

Should I ever die, I want this engraved on my tombstone:


I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.


It is a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan. And I suppose the fact that I'd rather be cremated than buried prevents me from having a tombstone, but should I ever have one, that is what I want. Just saying.
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I guess, it's a mixture of overkill and practical:

You've got to do something with the ashes.

Keeping them in a vase indefinitely probably isn't going to help whoever has your urn move on. Spreading them somewhere is close to burying them from the viewpoint of practicality - if it's private property, you won't be able to sell it easily; if it's public, you need to think about whether other people are going to want bits of dead people in it; and the chances are pretty good that you'll get a commemorative plaque anyway.

Also, ashes take up less space than a full-size coffin - depending on the price of land, crematorium costs and how the body is prepared, it can work out substantially cheaper.
True, but I've always been one of those

What do you think has become of the young and old men?
And what do you think has become of the women and children?

They are alive and well somewhere,
The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the
end to arrest it,
And ceas'd the moment life appear'd.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.


people, and would rather my ashes be spread out somewhere, to better join the universe, than all in a hole somewhere. But that's just me.

Edited at 2013-12-05 10:40 pm (UTC)
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