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  • I prefer to be buried.

    9 21.95%
  • I prefer to be cremated.

    19 46.34%
  • I prefer to donate my body for scientific research.

    2 4.88%
  • I prefer another option not listed here.

    3 7.32%
  • I'm still undecided.

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Thread: Death Traditions and Rites

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    I apologize for the misinformation. Apparently it takes 2 to 3 hours. Still better than waiting to suffocate in a very small, dark coffin 6 feet under the ground.
    Judging from the size of the average coffin you should be unconscious 4 or 5 minutes after they have screwed the lid closed. By the time you're in the ground you're deader than dead already.
    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
    Autumn blows through me dread of parting,
    and my heart dreams and longs to die.

    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon
    Judging from the size of the average coffin you should be unconscious 4 or 5 minutes after they have screwed the lid closed. By the time you're in the ground you're deader than dead already.
    Ok... although I have heard stories of scratchmarks inside coffins. Any truth in this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    Ok... although I have heard stories of scratchmarks inside coffins. Any truth in this?

    Venom: "Buried Alive"

    from their album "Black Metal" (1982)

    I'm alive but dead, awake but asleep
    As friend gather round and mourners they weep
    My mind thinks of all the things I have done
    My body is cold but my heart beat goes on
    And on................and on

    As they lower me down into that hole in the ground
    I scream out for help but they hear not a sound
    I fear at the lid, my fingers they bleed
    Is this happening to me or is it just a dream
    Summon the dead..........
    Baphomets call...........
    Blood on my hands........

    "Let me out of here"

    My bones are decayed, my flesh it doth rot
    I'm lying in silk, take the lid off this box
    My lungs gasp for air, my eyes scream for sight
    I promise the rise of my body this night
    Summon the dead..........
    Baphomets call...........
    Blood on my hands........
    Screaming in torment.....
    I'm felling you all......
    Take heed of my plea.....
    Answer my call...........
    I'm gonna be free........
    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
    Autumn blows through me dread of parting,
    and my heart dreams and longs to die.

    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    Ok... although I have heard stories of scratchmarks inside coffins. Any truth in this?
    Due to the primitive nature of medicine in the past it apparently has happened or something like it.

    In Victorian times a device was created so that a person awaking to find themselves buried alive could alert the outside world. It consisted of a string the person could pull attached to a bell on the surface.

    Lady Isabel Burton (wife of the English explorer Sir Richard Burton) had such a fear of being buried alive that she stated in her will that upon pronouncement of death the doctor run a metal probe thru her heart to make sure. At her death in 1896 this request was honored and sure enough was found to be dead.

    Apparently with cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, smallpox, etc, etc, being so rampant in those days and people being knocked off left and right, every now and then a live one would get thru unnoticed.

    Lucky them!

    Gladstone
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    Milesian and Phlegethon - I'd be interested in hearing more about the church's opinions on cremation, i really don't know my religion at all

    what do you think of our new Archbishop, Milesian?
    I sense he'll be breaking as far away from tradition as he can!

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    Having a family tomb is extravagant in my opinion, we dont have one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scathach
    Having a family tomb is extravagant in my opinion, we dont have one
    Not all people belong to royal or important families

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    Are you saying I'm not important??!! infact are you saying i'm not ROYAL?? why, i'm a closet princess this whole time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scathach
    Are you saying I'm not important??!! infact are you saying i'm not ROYAL?? why, i'm a closet princess this whole time
    Uh oh.... now I'm in deep trouble.....

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    Being interred while still alive was disturbingly common prior to the 20th century, when epidemics of plague and other diseases would produce unconsciousness and coma in many people. In the panic to curb the spread, the "dead" individual would be hastily buried without any examination. According to one possibly true tale, some robbers exhumed a rather wealthy woman who had "died," and when they began to cut her finger to remove a gold ring, she awoke with a start. Of course, the robbers were terrified beyond words and fled. The woman supposedly simply walked home.... It's not hard to imagine something like this happening, actually.

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