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Everything Dies

I found this mini-comic, 「Pre-Need」, by webcomicist Box Brown (who recently completed a comic I read, 「Bellen」), to be touching - it describes his cultural wishes on how his death will be handled whenever that happens. There are two other minicomics up there too.

It's not quite what I'd hope for, but then I expect these things are deeply personal and it'd be surprising to find people who thought about it to really want the same thing.

My thoughts on these matters, for me, haven't been stable from year to year or even minute to minute...

Deposition of body:

  1. The Useful - Any usable organs donated to those who need them, then any remaining bits to science
  2. The Romantic - Wooden raft, remains on them, it would be lit and then sent out to the ocean
  3. The Quiet - Unmarked grave, no coffin, no ceremony
Goodbyes for people:
  1. The Quiet - Nothing
  2. Sitting Shiva - If I have a spouse or life partner, they should have a few days of sitting shiva as remembrance and grieving
  3. Parting Bash - Music, food and wine, relaxed party with people who meant something to me who choose to attend
I have a holographic will, but am not certain it has legal weight over this kind of thing - I imagine at some point I'll do things a bit more officially, particularly if I move to a state that doesn't recognise holographic wills.

Also: recently picked up a rather awesomely-coloured leaf in the woods, and noticed that it looks particularly great when light is shining through it. Wondering about a leaf "advent calendar" that'd be like a stained glass window except with leaves, continually rotating to replace leaves as they shrivel up and lose their art-tastic-ness. Unfortunately, this probably would go offline every winter unless I had leaf-buddies in the southern hemisphere (or near the equator?) with which to trade leaves. Also, a design should be found that'd only allow light in through the leaves, not the area surrounding it in the panes. I'm not sure how to do that.

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