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2013-02-17 07:07:51 PM  
Ok I won't even bother to read the comments here but I sure as hell hope this has already been said.

This farking coonthole worthless biatch loser ass skank lived for 91 years and that wasn't enough time for her to prepare for this expense?

fark this stupid farking biatch.
 
2013-02-17 07:30:42 PM  
I'm 29 and my husband and I both have life insurance.  I hope to get our wills done this year as well.  After watching my dad recently struggle with my grandfather's funeral, I realize how important it is.  My grandfather was mentally ill for many years but kept us all at a distance for so long that we didn't fully realize its extent until it was too late.  We were working on getting things in order when he died unexpectedly leaving no will, a pile of bills that he had forgotten to pay and an insurance policy that was taken by his vengeful ex-wife (not my grandmother) who he had not had the awareness to divorce when they became estranged several years ago.  It's a mess and a horrible burden to leave on your family who should be focusing on their grief.  However, it's hard to blame an old man who was sick and not in his right mind for not planning ahead.  In this woman's case it may also be possible that over 91 years of life, extenuating circumstances left her in a similarly bad predicament.
 
2013-02-17 07:48:14 PM  

I Like Shiny Things: This farking coonthole worthless biatch loser ass skank lived for 91 years and that wasn't enough time for her to prepare for this expense?


Russian Proverb: A man gets tired of taking care of his old grandfather so he decides to take him to the poor house. After getting the old man in the wagon, being winter he tells his son to get and get the horse blanket from the barn to keep the old man from freezing to death on the ride.  After a long while the boy comes back with half a horse blanket. What is this? says the man, you cut the horse blanket in half? Boy says, I'm saving the other half for you dad.

All I can say about you, you may have children, but when you're old, they won't be coming around.
 
2013-02-17 07:56:39 PM  
Funeral homes want payment for their services before they do anything so life insurance isn't helpful immediately because it takes time to get the pay off.   You need the death certificate to get the pay off, and it's the funeral home that helps you obtain that.

I had my husband and son cremated. I did not buy those over-priced, ugly, marked up 1000 times urns the funeral home offered.  I went to my local fair trade store and bought two beautiful granite urns made in Pakistan for $40 a piece (my Mom already had a collection of beautiful pots from Africa when she died so I didn't have to spend any extra money for that).

The funeral industry is a racket, just like the wedding industry. Yes you need its services, like obtaining the numerous copies of the death certificate that you'll need for all the legal stuff that has to be done, but people shouldn't feel obligated to bankrupt themselves to pay for an overpriced, gaudy casket.

I know it's tradition but dang, caskets and cemeteries are a waste of land and resources.
 
2013-02-17 08:15:12 PM  
Death is but a door, time a window
 
2013-02-17 08:25:25 PM  

HighlanderRPI: Death is but a door, time a window


And the horizon is but the limit of our sight.
 
2013-02-17 08:26:32 PM  

Rufus Lee King: Out of common human decency, maybe the government could help this lady out a bit. Oh, wait; she's white. Forget it


I want to startup a burial-at-sea business on the left coast. Find some hippies to weave me environmentally friendly hemp shrouds. Drive the funeral boat out to international waters, I figure a tastefully sedate yacht, small, maybe 20 passengers. We would have real mortuary sciences people to remove pacemakers and mercury fillings and whatnot. I'm betting you could could charge 1/4 what a funeral home does and still get absurdly filthy wealthy.

But the side business... The side business is selling your selfsame services to large city governments, that have to deal with thousands of unclaimed corpses, the homeless, the destitute elderly, etc. Provide local governments a ridiculously cheap service.

Is being crab food really worse than being maggot food? No additives or preservatives, biodegradable Eco friendly circle of life shiat right there. Book it, done!
 
2013-02-17 08:28:21 PM  

trekkiecougar: Funeral homes want payment for their services before they do anything so life insurance isn't helpful immediately because it takes time to get the pay off.   You need the death certificate to get the pay off, and it's the funeral home that helps you obtain that.

I had my husband and son cremated. I did not buy those over-priced, ugly, marked up 1000 times urns the funeral home offered.  I went to my local fair trade store and bought two beautiful granite urns made in Pakistan for $40 a piece (my Mom already had a collection of beautiful pots from Africa when she died so I didn't have to spend any extra money for that).

The funeral industry is a racket, just like the wedding industry. Yes you need its services, like obtaining the numerous copies of the death certificate that you'll need for all the legal stuff that has to be done, but people shouldn't feel obligated to bankrupt themselves to pay for an overpriced, gaudy casket.

I know it's tradition but dang, caskets and cemeteries are a waste of land and resources.


You make a good point. But I'm more struck by your losses.
 
2013-02-17 08:31:23 PM  

PainfulItching: My grandmother had herself cremated, but has a full burial plot. Part of the family plot. So I'm covered. She gets the headstone, which is already there, she passed about 5 years ago, and I built my own coffin. Yeah, I did. Reclaimed pine boards from an old barn, smoothed out and finished very nicely. Completely bare on the inside, cause there will not be an open casket funeral.

All of the bastards that really wasted to see me should have talked to me when I was alive and could talk back. I'll just get one of those little brass plaques and I'm next to my grandma, which in the karmic world, ain't so bad.


I'm not particularly good at building things, but there's something satisfying about the idea of building my own coffin. I like the thought.

/plus it's not really like a coffin has to be well-built
//don't need a lot of endurance out of a coffin
 
2013-02-17 08:36:54 PM  
Biogift.org
 
2013-02-17 08:38:15 PM  

SpaceBison: Meh, just leave the corpse in an open field for a while and let nature take care of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_burial


That's what I want done with me. Vultures are awesome and I'd rather help them in death than just get burned or put in the ground to rot. Of course, it's illegal here. Maybe I'll go to Tibet to die.
 
2013-02-17 08:40:34 PM  

Chinchillazilla: SpaceBison: Meh, just leave the corpse in an open field for a while and let nature take care of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_burial

That's what I want done with me. Vultures are awesome and I'd rather help them in death than just get burned or put in the ground to rot. Of course, it's illegal here. Maybe I'll go to Tibet to die.


You just need to go with my burial at sea business. Crabs are the vultures of the sea.
 
2013-02-17 08:51:22 PM  

SpaceBison: Meh, just leave the corpse in an open field for a while and let nature take care of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_burial


Related: University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility. They accept donations.
 
2013-02-17 08:55:31 PM  
neongoats:


So put me in your will as sole heir, with your express, written, notarized permission to defile you, and when you kick off we'll see if they let me fark your corpse. You know, for science.


If it's for science, don't you need a "control" fark first?
 
2013-02-17 09:12:49 PM  

poison_amy: neongoats:


So put me in your will as sole heir, with your express, written, notarized permission to defile you, and when you kick off we'll see if they let me fark your corpse. You know, for science.


If it's for science, don't you need a "control" fark first?


Yes, but only if you can manage to be frigid and unresponsive. If you need tips I can probably get you in contact with my ex wife :p
 
2013-02-17 09:16:07 PM  
Screw all that stuff. I have specified in my will that my body is to be donated to medical research, with the remains to be disposed of as medical waste.
 
2013-02-17 09:40:40 PM  
why is it that it only cost me $65 to cremate a 100 lb.
rottie? even cremation is a total scam.

Got her back in a ziplock back. cheapest receptacle they had. sprinkled the ashes. free.
 
2013-02-17 10:29:06 PM  
News stories are there for ratings and pushing agendas and not much else. They ran the story and will forget about it tomorrow and it probably couldn't be found by a search on their site in a week. Life is life.
 
2013-02-17 10:47:59 PM  
When I die, I want a funeral held that makes news headlines for weeks.  I've been adjusting the plan slowly over the years, but here's the current version.

One, the casket will be closed, but people will be heavily encouraged to open the lid to take a last look and say goodbye.  This is because my left hand will be glued to the lid, making it look like I push it open any time someone opens it.  My face will also need to be locked in position with the creepiest grin the morticians can manage.

Two, the casket (and the stand it's on) will be motorized.  When it moves, the Benny Hill theme will play, and the service has to follow my body wherever it goes.  No one over the age of 10 is allowed to use the remote that controls my casket, and no one is allowed to interfere with the use of said remote.  The children present must be heavily encouraged to make me travel far and wide.

Three, I want a piñata at my funeral.  Just because.

Four, after the lengthy service, my hand must be unglued from the casket, and my body removed.  Upon reaching the graveyard, I want to be loaded into a catapult as the empty casket is lowered into the grave.  I must then be fired into the hole in one shot.  If the catapult misses, the casket must be unearthed, I must be placed back into it, and they have to take me back to the chapel to start the service over from the beginning.

Five, after I'm finally in the ground after however many tries, and the service concludes, the casket will be visibly lifted from the ground (again, possibly), and the crowd informed that I will be taken to be cremated according to my wishes.

I add a bit more to the plan every now and then, but if people don't leave my funeral convinced that I was an ass anyway, then I haven't tried hard enough in death.
 
2013-02-17 10:57:30 PM  
Donate your body to medicine, they'll have some intern poke at it and then cremate you for free.
 
2013-02-17 11:58:47 PM  
Just toss me in a dumpster, honey. I won't mind.

But until then, seriously, hands off the scotch.
 
2013-02-18 02:06:38 AM  
Put me in a Hefty Cinch Sak and put me out on the curb. Caskets, cemeterys, burial plots.....death is entirely too expensive and it's stupid to try and preserve a carcass you're not even using anymore.
 
2013-02-18 02:55:36 AM  

irreverend mother: why is it that it only cost me $65 to cremate a 100 lb.
rottie? even cremation is a total scam.

Got her back in a ziplock back. cheapest receptacle they had. sprinkled the ashes. free.


Out here, a price that low means they cremated a bunch together, not separately... so those may or may not have been her ashes you sprinkled.

But at least you gave her a send off instead of chucking her in the trash.
 
2013-02-18 09:06:50 AM  
This is why old people shouldn't be trusted with money.
 
2013-02-18 01:46:51 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: irreverend mother: why is it that it only cost me $65 to cremate a 100 lb.
rottie? even cremation is a total scam.

Got her back in a ziplock back. cheapest receptacle they had. sprinkled the ashes. free.

Out here, a price that low means they cremated a bunch together, not separately... so those may or may not have been her ashes you sprinkled.

But at least you gave her a send off instead of chucking her in the trash.


Yeah, that sounds like a "public" (burn the critters in batches) vs "private" (one at a time) deal. Our vet offered both, the public cremains were scattered at an orchard on the other side of the state.
 
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