About the only way to preserve yourself is to be frozen in nitrogen and stored inside a thermos type of container called an dewar. If you have the money I suppose it’s possible. About 10 years ago I picked up this book titled “Death to Dust”. A very eye opening book to read. Earlier this year I stopped at a local cemetery one Sat. morning and some guy from Wilbert Vault was setting up for a service. I was curious so I went over and checked out the vault. I have been to family services but checking out these during that time probably isn’t the most cordial thing to do. Anyhow he told me when the vault cover goes over the top the sealant around the lid seals it. He didn’t say how well. I asked him have you ever dug one of these up because my aunt and I have been discussing this subject. I keep telling my aunt they fill up with water. She swears they are guaranteed. I tell her oh really how many do you know who have verified that guarantee? No one that I know of. The guy setting up for the service told me the condition of the body depended on the vault and how good they were embalmed. I myself have checked out prices for in ground and mausoleums. With mausoleums it seemed to me it was like real estate….location location location determined the price. Eye level was the most expensive. The higher up or odd place such as behind a door were less costly. The same aunt who has hers all planned one day asked if I wanted to go with her to look at granite markers. I said oh not today. She ended up paying something like $5,000 for this marker made of pink granite. I thought geez granite ain’t cheap. One aunt I know spent close to $25,000 for my uncle’s funeral back in the early 90’s. Now that’s a lot of dough. My father was cremated. Ah not really my cup of tea so to speak. It wasn’t so much the cremation part but the grinding of the bones didn’t quite put me too ease. Not that I would know it. One pleasant thought is there are now companies that can make diamonds out of the cremains but it cost quite a bit to have that done. I’m seriously contemplating just donating to medical science. I have CRVO in one eye which there is no cure for it. Maybe some day because of me someone else will be cured or helped. After that I’m not sure where I will go. Maybe put into a casket and concrete poured over it much like Abraham Lincoln. Now that’s what I call being rock hard forever. Kind of off to the side. When the last Pope died I remember locating some photos of where they bury the Pope in St. Peter’s church. They lower the casket into the ground made up of a vault lined with white marble. Kind of interesting. When Sam Maloof the famous woodworker passed away his companion woodworkers constructed a wooden casket. I saw pictures of that casket. Very nice and a simple casket. I have no idea if he was ground buried or went into a mausoleum. I sort of suspect the wooden casket was just buried in a simple private service.
Dec 5, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm