There was a
back in the day when only weirdoes wanted to be cremated. Nowadays, everyone
wants to be burnt to a crisp…literally. In fact, it is now nearly 50/50. What
the hell happened? Why all of a sudden does everyone want to face the fire? Is
it because they all figure they are going to hell anyhow, so why not get a head
start fanning the flames?
One fellow explained that it is a fraction of the cost to be cremated rather than being stuck in a casket and lowered into the ground. Of course, much depends on the kind of service you want. A full blown funeral service at a funeral home is far more expensive than a memorial service at a local church. So, I guess that explains why some people prefer cremation. My neighbor is claustrophobic and can’t imagine being confined in a box under ground. Common sense tells me that you ain’t going to really care about much of anything once you’ve checked out. However, he did mention one thing that convinced me to be cremated, and that was when he pointed out that you’re going to spend eternity turning into goo. That thought makes me shudder a bit.
Now, the real problem I have is what should happen to the ashes. My dad had his ashes buried next to mom. That makes sense. My father-in-law’s ashes is another story. He had his divided up into separate little containers and divvied out to his six kids. Good Lord! Does that sound a bit freakish? Others have their ashes sprinkled over home plate or out at sea. They tell me that sprinkling ashes is illegal because it is not environmental friendly. Good grief, the neighbor’s dog can crap in your yard, but ashes are against the law. Go figure.
So, here are my questions to you, because I really do not have the answers. Are you going to be cremated? And what do you intend to do with your ashes? Would love to hear from you.