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What Type Of Service Do You Want?


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Funeral choice  

29 members have voted

  1. 1. What is your current preference ?

    • Traditional LDS funeral(open casket,speeches,in church etc.)
      9
    • Traditional as per your current religious enrollment
      1
    • Small family in funeral home service
      1
    • Graveside service only
      1
    • Cremation and memorial service (ashes burial)
      6
    • Cremation and no service ( ashes retained by family or scattered)
      4
    • Other
      4
    • This is a silly poll
      3


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Other than the presence of bagpipes, I haven't thought much about the service. I do know what I want done with my remains. I want anything that can be used donated to people who need the parts. Then I want what's left to go to science or education. When they are done with it, I want what's left to be placed in a dolmen or barrow and a fruit or nut tree planted where the roots can draw sustenance from my corpse so my atoms can become food.

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I would like to be cremated, I figure if God can resurrect people from 2000 years ago he can do me. I say that to cut down on funeral expenses on my family. I want a simple funeral service but NO food afterwards!!! I don't mind if people mingle afterwards but to me it seems kinda callous almost to be like, 'allright! Norton is in the ground, let's eat! we have egg salad, marshmallow mint and pickle and peanut butter sandwhiches!"

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I want to be cremated, the idea of decomposing or even worse not decomposing in a box in the ground for centuries....burning is much more sanitary and no chance of my movement disorder making my life miserable 'just one more' time either. Use me for fertilizer under a nice tree and let any money saved (probably none these days) be used in whatever way that makes the family's life easier.

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I voted for cremated, with ashes scattered, with a small service.

My only requirement is that they sing the one hymn that has defined my life: I Know That My Redeemer Lives.

How beautiful...

My arrangements were made years ago before cremation became a more popular choice with LDS... I notice more and more LDS opting for cremation. My arrangements call for NO services... just wash and dress me in my temple clothes and haul me to the airport and ship me to So Cal where I will be buried with my dear husband... who has been gone for 14 years.

GG

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I voted that it's a silly poll ... My spirit will already be busy doing other things in the spirit world. Whatever anybody wants to do with what's left behind is fine by me! :D (I know it'd be as expensive as heck, but I'd like to have the fifth verse of "How Firm a Foundation" inscribed on my headstone):

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.

The flame will not hurt thee; I only design

Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine!

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My spouse and I are choosing a green burial (which has to be done within 24 hours or the body refrigerated). (Unfortunately, the last of us isn't likely to get one since my children aren't likely to be any good at arranging things, even though the whole burial is only $1800 http://www.glendalenaturepreserve.org/).

And when we think of those of our non-member or less-active friends and family who might benefit from an lds funeral, we've decided that we are pretty stupid if we think we ought to leave teaching them about the plan of salvation until then. So we are going to have memorial services somewhere we can do mostly in music (I'd love to use the chapel, but I don't know how flexible the bishop will be if held there --- maybe the cultural hall?)

For the one of us who dies, last, I'm sure everything will be cheap (which it should be --- hard to see spending unnecessary money on this) and whatever the funeral home persuades our children to do.

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Put me in a glad bag and set me on the corner.

Sorry, but that's illegal. Someone would go to jail and your garbage bag? Well, not a very exciting place to finish up your mortality --sitting in storage in an evidence room.

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Sorry, but that's illegal. Someone would go to jail and your garbage bag? Well, not a very exciting place to finish up your mortality --sitting in storage in an evidence room.

You have erred. By the time I am in the Glad bag my mortality has already been finished.

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My spouse and I are choosing a green burial (which has to be done within 24 hours or the body refrigerated). (Unfortunately, the last of us isn't likely to get one since my children aren't likely to be any good at arranging things, even though the whole burial is only $1800 http://www.glendalenaturepreserve.org/).

For the one of us who dies, last, I'm sure everything will be cheap (which it should be --- hard to see spending unnecessary money on this) and whatever the funeral home persuades our children to do.

I don't know rpn... things have only gone up in cost since I obtained a pre-paid plan for my burial costs about five years ago... particularly for those who have a traditional funeral... even cremation is becoming more expensive. Only an alternative such as you mentioned is less. Anyone who uses a mortuary will be surprised at the costs.

I've pre-paid all of my costs through the mortuary in my current city, and in So Cal where I will be buried. I'm having NO services, no special use of personnel or facilities, no flowers, etc. And the cost to simply receive my body, embalming, and shipping were $4300, which I finished paying a couple years ago. This included the cost of the casket (which was one step up from a cardboard box and cost $1500).

Because of the "locked-in" feature in the plan, my costs cannot be increased over the years... pre-payment plans earn interest and this is what covers any increases by time of burial. Even if there wasn't enough earned interest to cover actual costs, the mortuary cannot charge any additional amount because of the "locked-in" feature (with two exceptions... air fare increases above the alloted amt in the plan... and increased local costs for copies of death certificates. I've made arrangements for reimbursement to my rep if necessary).

So fellow posters, I suggest you contact your local mortuary and get a printed copy of their costs for various services (they are required to do this, and it is an eye opener), and then talk to them, or your insurance agent, about pre-paid plans. Believe me it is worth it to know that my costs are all taken care of... and my extended family does not have to be concerned about what to do with the crazy aunt out in the wilds of Oregon. (Incidentally, my cost of $4300 is now about $5000+. This does not incoude the cost of $2500 for the double plot my husband and I bought and paid for years ago, which would be even higher today).

GG

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I intend to leave to leave behind an envelope labeled "To be opened and read at my funeral". In it I'll bear my testimony, tell a couple of jokes, and declare my eternal loathing of 4-wheeler ATV's and multi-level marketing. Hopefully that will spice up the luncheon conversation.

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I put traditional LDS.....with two addendums. I want to be buried barefoot. You can put the slippers beside my feet....but not on them. I hate shoes now and I don't want to have to kick them off when I'm resurrected. So this is insurance. And I want something silly/artsy to happen at my funeral, like throwing paint at my coffin instead of dirt. Next to that, I don't care. I'm dead, you do whatever you want.

With luv,

BD

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