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Graveyard Humour [Jun. 21st, 2012|08:38 am]
Tony Grist
Dot has been talking to the Crem about having Eric's ashes scattered among their rose bushes. They're offering her a package that includes the scattering, his name inscribed in their Book of Remembrance (real vellum, oh my!) and a small memorial tablet in "artificial stone" that will be taken down after ten years. What do you think this will cost-  £25? £50? £75 at the outside? Wrong: more like £1,000. I was telling Judy and she sent me a link to this classic sketch


[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2012-06-21 09:15 am (UTC)
Just take the ashes and scatter them somewhere meaningful, then go and have a nice pub lunch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-21 01:11 pm (UTC)
That's what I'd do, but Dot won't.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-06-21 11:04 am (UTC)
My goodness. The Episcopal Church in Hatboro PA will bury cremains in a mini-grave for a whole lot less than that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-21 01:13 pm (UTC)
I believe most churches would.

I've suggested Dot talks to the priest who conducted the funeral, but she's set on scattering the ashes at the crem because it's a family "tradition".
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-06-21 01:21 pm (UTC)
That's appalling - but, if that's what she wants, - -
Mine are going to be buried beside of a footpath, with those of someone you wot of -
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-21 01:36 pm (UTC)
I like the sound of that.

Mind you, I really don't care what happens to mine.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-06-21 01:32 pm (UTC)
fraid that is funny at 3 levels....
i'm senging it to the sister in law
the feral director, ooops funeral director.
i've seen where they put them in
papermache` urns that biodegrade
you could send him off to the white cliffs of dover.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-21 01:37 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of biodegradable urns.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-06-21 01:56 pm (UTC)
they were very pretty too

wow there's a whole pole of stuff out there now.
these look pretty
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-21 07:41 pm (UTC)
Of course, the trouble with biodegradable urns is there'll be nothing for archaeologists of the future to dig up. We've just got to be grateful the Greeks and Romans didn't have them.

All the same, I agree, these are very pretty.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-06-21 09:05 pm (UTC)
all the more reason to bury funky time capsules
maybe its best to not put in too much explanations
so folks can have the fun of conjectoring.

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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-06-21 07:54 pm (UTC)
Our funeral director wanted $250 for a small locket that contains a small pinch of ashes of the deceased. My sister got one because her daughter bought it for her. I did not want one, even for free. I think it is a disgrace that they would soak people like that! My ashes are to be scattered over my favorite places in the hopes that they will feed a flower, a tree, or just the grass. The crematory will give the bereaved a cardboard box containing the cremains for no extra fee. Why should I saddle survivors with a big bill after I die? The casket, the preparations, the service, the flowers, the meal, the interment, all can cost thousands of dollars and for what? I wont even be there. I firmly believe that if a family is going to put out that amount, it would be better spent on a great party for the person while he or she is living and able to enjoy it -- or better yet, for a wonderful trip that the person wants to take but cannot afford.
Only my own feelings on the matter, of course, and most would violently disagree with me - at least in my own family.

Edited at 2012-06-21 07:59 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-22 08:41 am (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly.

I don't want any fuss- or unnecessary expense- when I die.
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