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Plush Afterlife [Jul. 27th, 2006|12:22 pm]
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How do you want to be remembered after you're gone? Would you like to be remembered as a cuddly stuffed animal?

Now there's Huggable Urns.

Loved ones can now spend their post-cremation time inside a cute plush bear. There's a variety of interment options, though they seem to specialize in the angelically-winged teddy bear market right now. As always, there's a lack of rats.

I mean, sure, why not? It makes as much sense as putting cremains inside a metal cylinder, doesn't it? (Personally, I think natural burial -- aka mulching -- is probably still the most logical option. Then buy a souvenir plush.)

What about your mortal remains?

[User Picture]From: dustykat
2006-07-27 07:52 pm (UTC)
That is a way cool idea, I wonder if you could have your own made so it would be big enough. Like a big lion or tiger stuffie with a pocket sewn in back.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like furries should be able to get a line on some nicer, custom plush animals, especially for those prices.
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[User Picture]From: kendermouse
2006-07-27 07:59 pm (UTC)
ok. just... just.... ewww.

Now. I collect stuffed animals. AND i have a part of my uncle's ashes that are going into a shrine once i get the new apartment set up.

but... these... these are just... ODD! and kinda ew.

cute, but EW.

thanks for sharing this... i think.

the (still bemused about this) kendermouse
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[User Picture]From: kendermouse
2006-07-27 08:06 pm (UTC)
::blushes:: i just reread my comment and i don't want to come across rude to those who think it's a good idea. Really i don't.

i like your idea of "natural burial" and buying a souvenir plush better. My Uncle had his ashes scattered over a hill that he and his wife use to visit A LOT and the small amount i have is just to be part of a remembrance shrine, otherwise that would have been scattered as well.

And you're right, it makes as much sense as a metal or stone urn, i guess. And such remembrances are actually for those left behind anyway, so if having something they can hold on to to remember their loved one helps, i guess that's ok. Personally, i want to be buried in a pine box and buried under a tree that will eventually get sustenance from my remains. And i want that tree to be in someplace where children and animals and lovers and such aren't afraid to come and play.

But then, that's just me.

the (over the knee jerk reaction... kinda) kendermouse
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-27 08:16 pm (UTC)
No worries. Death and memorials are very personal and emotional things, so people do tend to have strong reactions.

I'm still not entirely sure about huggable urns, myself. It does seem to be the sort of thing where you'll either really like it or really think it's creepy.
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[User Picture]From: kendermouse
2006-07-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
i guess part of my reaction comes from too many horror movies as a kid. I could just SEE something like that getting possessed, coming to life and smothering you in your sleep.

but then again, that's just me. ::Grin::

the kendermouse
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[User Picture]From: qatar
2006-07-27 08:13 pm (UTC)
Is it just me, or are they just stuffed animals with zippers on their backs? Why not just get a regular stuffed animal and save $80?

I find the "Hold me" on the pillows really disturbing. Who wants to spend the afterlife begging for affection?

Re: my mortal remains. I'd like to be cremated and sprinkled somewhere that seems appropriate to my survivors.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-27 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well, they appear to be high-quality items. They also have the internal sealed pouch. Still... they're pricey, no doubt.

The pillows do seem a bit more disturbing. I think it's also the fact that a pillow is a much more mundane item than something like a fancy bear or an urn.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2006-07-27 08:19 pm (UTC)
I've already written up my wishes in detail: Cremation, with the ashes divided, some buried back east in a family cemetery (because people need a place to visit their dead), some to be scattered out here, and some available to my loved ones, either to keep in a locket or add to their food.

Yes, if my beloved ones are willing, I want them to sprinkle me over pasta and eat me.

Don't forget to fill out the Undead Poll.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-27 08:26 pm (UTC)
I want them to sprinkle me over pasta and eat me

That's a new one on me. I guess that cremains are... "safe" to eat? I'd worry about metals and byproducts; on the other hand, it'd be a small total amount of ashes.

How interesting!
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[User Picture]From: cateriona
2006-07-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
Cremate me, do a chemical analysis on my ashes, combine me with some good soil and plant a suitable plant. Only if my pH is acidic please do azaleas not rhodies. I'm allergic to rhodies. But please no stuff animal wraps. FRankly, I don't like the concept of dust on me either.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2006-07-27 08:48 pm (UTC)
My prefered method of disposal is that I be cremated, and scattered over the Alaskan wilderness. Anyone who wants to remember or 'visit' me needs only to visit Alaska. It's such a beautiful place, they'll be driven to go up there and enjoy themselves, rather than mourn.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2006-07-27 10:03 pm (UTC)
But what happens when it gets wet? Eventually it's going to smell like someone's ash. And it's not like you can just toss it in the wash...

"Oh, I feel like Wilber is still very close to me now."
"*sniff* Uh, Grandma?"
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2006-07-27 10:53 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of that company that will apply extreme pressure to one's ashes, turning your carbon into artificial diamonds. Rather an expensive option, I recall - several hundred or a few thousand dollars - but still.. the idea of providing some beauty does have its appeal, ne?
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[User Picture]From: beaitchtwo
2006-07-27 11:31 pm (UTC)
"Please note: The Teddy Bears, Dog and Cat are made to hold smaller
portions, where as the pillows will hold the remains of an adult."

Portions??? I would have prefered the term "quantities" at the very least, "amounts" would have been better.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-28 03:23 am (UTC)
Youch, I missed that!

"So, hypothetically, if you could only have one half of your son, which half would you want?" -Wonka
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2006-07-28 01:08 am (UTC)
Burials have always bothered me. Cremation seems like it would have to be the way for me to go. Though I hated the idea of being stuck in those jars. Its... disturbing. But now this idea actually has some merit. Ive never thought of such a thing, but I remember on Ripleys there was a guy who loved frisbees SO much when he was alive so that when he died his wife had plans made as per his will to have his ashes mixed into the plastic resin and made into frisbees. I hear they made like 100 or so and you could actually buy one.

Mebbe I could work up something like some sort of rubber based sculpture doll of my character and they can mix my ashes into that. I would actually like that idea. =3
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2006-07-28 02:32 am (UTC)
That is kinda creepy but kinda cool.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-07-28 05:06 am (UTC)
"I was saying 'Huggaboo-urns'..."
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[User Picture]From: sayh
2006-07-28 06:26 am (UTC)
*disterbed look* Uhm..
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2006-07-28 10:27 pm (UTC)

Diamonds ARE Forever...

Digit's going to donate his whole body to a med school, and then, when they cremate it, he doesn't care what happens to the ashes.

I want to be cremated and I want him to sneak the ashes into our back yard. I'd say, put them out by the hamster burial and dog burial... but Dog's ashes are not buried yet.

I can't. They're still in the nice wooden "urn" (it's actually a small chest, about 4w x 7long x 7high or so) in the house. Nevermind where in the house. NOT in a stuffed animal, of which we have la! so many! A friend gave us a lovely gravestone for Dog, but I just can't put the ashes underneath it yet. I can't.

I like the diamond idea except it's so expensive. I like the mulch pile or vulture air burial, but the neighbors would complain.
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2006-07-30 05:24 am (UTC)
That's freaking awesome!

I'm a huge fan of cremation - its cheaper, uses fewer non-renuable resources, and lends itself to all kinds of nifty things like stuffed animals and fireworks displays.

My wishes are explicitly spelled out. My brain is being donated to a lab in boston, my skin and eyes are going to the organ bank. Brain donation and organ donation (except skin and eyes) are mutually exclusive, unfortunately, because of the process of extraction. I decided my brain would do more good than my organs, for research purposes. My organs aren't much use to anyone - I'm a smoker, a drinker, and the benificiary of a ridiculous medical history.
The rest of me will be cremated and my cremains are to be scattered on something growing. I shall be phosphorus - woo!

But a memorial plush with a small amount of cremains sewn in - that could be a fantastic thing. Something to think about. My will needs revision anyway (procrastinating bat...) as my assets have changed since the last writing. Bleh, so many things to do.
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