I am jumping in here only because I like this topic. It seems to me that as non-theists, we still have found a way to fantasize on things that we have no control over, and no way to verify our eventual impact on the actual outcome.
With that in mind, I am an animal lover, I would prefer to be fed to lions or scavenger birds. If I were to switch living behaviors with a lion or a Vulture, I think an occasional hillbilly that was well fed, would be nice.
Oh yeah, just to defend my position, science has absolutely no desire to be stuck with my organs.
Science might still have a use for you, hillbilly!
Otherwise, yeah, I agree -- no use fretting over the one matter we really won't care about if it all doesn't go according to our plans.
This is something that has been in the back of my mind for awhile. After attending my husband's father's funeral last weekend, I decided that defiantly do not want the type of funeral that he had. (The preacher, instead of speaking of his life, tried to make sure everyone in the room was saved- I saved the congregation some time and did not speak up unfortunately.) I'd rather everyone just party in my honor!
Any who, a few years back, I visited the Human Body Exhibit while it was in Charlotte, NC. I was amazed at all the different ways they were able to "display" the human body. I would really like to be a part of that when I die. I've not been able to find a way to make this happen. If any one has any info, it would be greatly appreciated.
I don't think I would want someone outside of my family (much less a preacher) performing the ceremony when my parents pass. We are the ones that truly know them and are able to speak of them the way they would want to be spoken of.
Thank you very much for your comment. It's greatly appreciated. :)
Controversy about the writer Orson Scott Card aside, I thought his book Speaker for the Dead illustrated this concept brilliantly: the person making the speech before a group of mourners should at least know/research who s/he is referencing and speak to all (good and bad) of that person's life.
I recently read Mkes' Ways of Dying (fiction, South African novelist). The main character is a professional mourner. This goes in the other direction: someone there to wail, moan, and weep to rouse the intensity of the grieving. Strangely enough, I liked this idea too.
Has anyone ever heard of Sky Burial? It is where they allow vultures to consume the body. You can "google.com/images" for some pics, but they are gruesome and NSFW.
Here is the Wikipedia link on Sky Burial, but it has a few small images as well that are equally NSFW, or the easily disturbed.