|green funerals, interments & memorials|
I'm glad that many have posted on this topic.
Yes there's a green cemetary here in SC. Cremation takes lots of fuel, emits hydrocarbons & does not reduce a body to mere ash, many bone bits & teeth remain that can rattle in an urn, if the crematory does not sift them out.
Iowa has an Infidel Cemetary just a mile west of Bellevue. Founded by Capt. Elbridge Gerry Potter 13 decades ago, he along with a handful of Atheists are buried there as well as dozens of Masons & Catholics who are his decendants. Arnold Via has an Atheist cemetary in Grottoes, VA. I prefer interment. Burial at sea is an alternative ok with this US Navy vet.
The only possible experience of a real hell would be cremation, not eternal, but real flames & total consumption of flesh as described in the phantasmagoric King James Bible.
The Nazi's likely cremated alive many Jews, Gypsies & Gays. Not much of a peep of protest then by now Nazi pope in Rome today.
"Santa Lucia" was burned alive & as she died she ripped out her eyeballs when she asked why the man who owned her was so killing her for a refusal to marry him & he said her eyes were beautiful. AND THIS IS THE SAINT OF EYESIGHT & VIRGINITY according to Catholics????
I like Mark Twain do not accept the bribe of heaven if the likes of Jerry Falwell & "forgiven" murderers, rapists & burners of witches alive are there all playing harps & rewarded by Jehovah.
What I hope is done at my funeral is a healing party for the mournful, lifting the joys & imbibing cheers for a life loved. Play Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Some Sinatra, Streisand, Beatles, Beethoven, Mozart & show tunes like "Oklahoma."
Music Man, Till there was you.
Call me sentimental, but keep religious icons & tracts out of my coffin.
My military headstone will be carved with the American Atheist "orbit."
If I'm not killed in a crash or drive by shooting, I hope I can plan my own interment, to die with dignity & no risk of the religious ruling the roost.
My daughters are both Atheists & Sue has similar plans, possibly being frozen, ground to icy dust & scattered off the Peace Bridge linking Buffalo, NY to Canada. We'll celebrate her life with a keg & Kim Mitchell rock & roll songs. Nonetheless, death is a time of loss for the living & a relief from some painful terminal illnesses.
I've been to many dozens of funerals, relatives, friends & associates of my father in his business.
All but a few were not about eulogies & loved ones but selling religious ideas often unsubscribed to by the dead by clergy.
Yes we should plan well to avoid such mockeries.
I gave the eulogy for my father. Corliss Lamont & Robert Ingersoll published enough of them to guide a good student to compose a farewell address which could honor most freethinkers.
I hope more funerals could be like the memorial service for Bill Upshur. He was my first friend in Charleston.
My wish is for quality of life extension for all.
We can get there with science & universal healthcare, not prayers & greedy theocratic elites. In reason we trust.