[Homestead] thinking about death
cayadopi at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 1 09:34:27 EDT 2010
Not planned in that detail, but I did want to be cremated and then have my
daughter scatter ashes in the wind over a significant spot that has special
meaning to me. That way the funeral can be about those who remain, and yet
release what is left of my body in a special spot for me. I also didn't want a
burial plot where those behind would come to remember my death - but instead
visit the special spot and remember my life.
From: EarthNSky <erthnsky at gmail.com>
To: Homestead List <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Fri, October 1, 2010 2:15:29 AM
Subject: [Homestead] thinking about death
Funerals are for the living, so they say, so with that in mind, I am trying to
plan my own 'event'.
I'm not a church-goer, so having a traditional funeral in a church is just not
me. I intend to donate my body to science, so there would only be a 'memorial' I
suppose. I would prefer it to be outside, maybe even on my own land. People
could stand up and say whatever they felt like saying.
No chairs, nothing fancy, just bring some blankets and picnic on the grass.
I like the idea of releasing a single dove, and I really bagpipes, but I can't
figure out how to unite those two things in a service...fireworks would be kind
of cool, too. I think I would like music, but I don't know about the logistics
of that if we are in a pasture. I just can't wrap my mind around what I might
Has anyone planned their own 'funeral'?
Does anyone have any other secular or non-traditional ideas? Pagan rites?
Buddhist chants? poems?
I want people to reflect enough on life that they live stronger, but I don't
want it to be depressing. I don't want it to degrade into drunken debauchery,
-- EarthNSky Farm 34.498N 85.076W
SISU! (Finnish--There is no single word in English that encompasses
all that sisu means, but it combines the following ideas: guts, pep,
determination, stubbornness, perseverance, hardiness, stamina, go, do,
nerve, spunk, pluck, and grit. It's like "Just Do It!"& "Go for It!")
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