We live in a society that does not value the living, so it is no surprise (as indicated by many of the comments here) we live in a society that does not value the dead. Burial and entombment of the body involve decomposition, and the body will decompose differently below ground than above. Cremation involves burning the body and all the sizzling and crackling that goes along with fire. Donating your body to science involves having your body dissected into segments that go under a microscope. None of the options are pleasant. What the deceased requests should be honored and, if the deceased left no requests, then the family’s requests should be honored. It is hubris that leads people to think they know what’s best for everyone.