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frank_begbie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Paying for your own funeral? Reply with quote

Good idea or a waste of money?

I know its a good idea to pay now, while its "cheaper", but what about in a few years when burial/cremation may no longer be able to take place?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked paying for anything now and expecting it in the future depends on a functioning financial system.

You could get a coffin now if you have somewhere to store it and get a good spade pick and shovel, digging a grave isn't that hard, making a coffin isn't that hard.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you need a coffin? Waste of wood IMO.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked I don't see the point in burial when there are dogs or pigs
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would advise against paying in advance for ones own funeral if below retirement age and in fair health.

The idea is popular with the elderly who fear that funeral expenses will be a burden on their family.
It has some merit for those who fear that they dont have long to live, and has no doubt saved some people a lot of worry.

In the longer term, for those who hope to live for many years I advise against pre paid funerals. The more years that pass, the greater the risk of the scheme failing due to general financial crashes, losses, failures etc.
Although the schemes are generally said to be "insurance backed" I would doubt the long term solvency of even large and respected insurance firms.
Some schemes might even turn out to be ponzi schemes, without any actual assets, that rely on more joining to pay for existing members that die.

In the event of TEOTWAWKI then formal funerals are unlikely to be a high priority, and (hopefully) hygienic and respectful improvisation will be the order of the day.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently looking into leaving my body to medical research.

Couple of drawbacks though.

They won't take your body on Bank Holidays Laughing
Also they may hang on to your body for up to 3 years Shocked

http://www.hta.gov.uk/bodyorganandtissuedonation/howtodonateyourbody.cfm
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think my body'll be much use for medical research. It won't even be that much use in a J2M scenario. And, what with traffic, I'm almost certain to die on a Bank Holiday.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm planning on a 'green' burial in a cardboard or wicker casket, preferably under a tree.

As I don't expect the financial system to last until my retirement age (in fact I don't expect a pension at all) I think paying up front is a bit of a waste.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to be buried below the water table so that I don't rot. It will be a final act of carbon sequestration.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burial at sea, a canvas bag and an old anchor chain, but live the wrong kind of life and it'll be concrete shoe time before you know it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are they going to get the concrete from?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kentucky Fried Panda wrote:
Burial at sea, a canvas bag and an old anchor chain, but live the wrong kind of life and it'll be concrete shoe time before you know it.


What a waste of anchor chain. Just get tipped into the sea. Plenty of creatures will deal with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.coffincompany.co.uk/cardboard-coffin

That will keep the cost down and have someone bury you down the garden Razz Happy days.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MisterE wrote:
http://www.coffincompany.co.uk/cardboard-coffin

That will keep the cost down and have someone bury you down the garden Razz Happy days.

£99? It's not difficult to get hold of used cardboard, and make your own box. If it won't take the weight, lay it on a sheet of ply or OSB, and slide it off when it goes in the hole, so you can reuse the board.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnB wrote:
............ lay it on a sheet of ply or OSB, and slide it off when it goes in the hole, so you can reuse the board.


If you used a decent piece of board, you could put it on legs for a graveside seat for well wishers. Alternatively if you used a scaffold board it could be put back to work after.
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