What can I have done to my body after I die besides burial or cremation?
July 13, 2004 11:43 AM   Subscribe

When we die we are typically buried or burned. But it doesnt have to be that way I have heard about cryogenics, mummification, blasting into space. Where can I learn about the alternative options available for transition? (not me anytime soon).
posted by stbalbach to Grab Bag (12 answers total)
Don't forget LifeGem!
posted by falconred at 11:46 AM on July 13, 2004

Alkaline hydrolysis is the new kid on the disposal block. It's supposedly more eco-friendly than traditional methods (with the possible exception of Jewish burial, which doesn't involve embalming). Basically your tissues disolve away and your bones are then powdered in a giant metal tube.

Or you can do what I'm gonna do and have a space viking funeral.
posted by revgeorge at 12:08 PM on July 13, 2004

stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers has a chapter on human composting.

the book is a great read, by the way.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:24 PM on July 13, 2004

I think LifeGem is neato. I can't help but suspect they just throw out the remains and give you a cheap gem, though.
posted by Jairus at 12:27 PM on July 13, 2004

I'd prefer cryogenics, or composting.
posted by Goofyy at 12:57 PM on July 13, 2004

Transition is a strange word for disposal.
posted by Space Coyote at 1:32 PM on July 13, 2004

There's also Eternal Reefs.
posted by snez at 1:38 PM on July 13, 2004

Yes, I, too am curious about the use of the word "transition."
posted by agregoli at 1:39 PM on July 13, 2004

I KNEW this would come in handy some day: check out Neil Gaiman's Cerements (Sandman #55). Scroll down to the last couple of quotes for the first two of the 5 major methods and go to the next page for the next 3.
posted by widdershins at 1:49 PM on July 13, 2004

don't forget everyone's favorite - plastination.
posted by badstone at 2:39 PM on July 13, 2004

use of the word "transition."
When you die your body transitions to a new form or in some cases state of matter. Your soul transitions also, if you believe in a soul.

Thanks for the links. LifeGem looks cool.
posted by stbalbach at 1:50 AM on July 14, 2004

I intend to donate my body to my alma mater, the OSU School of Medicine - (not the college of medicine, but OSU as my alma mater). Something like that may work for you. I'm going to get something funny and/or offensive tattooed on my body before I die to amuse the med students.
posted by pissfactory at 4:44 AM on July 14, 2004

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