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August 11, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Burial, Cremation, Or Fish Bait?

Okay, it’s a bit of a morbid topic—but one that we’ll all have to address at some point. I won’t ask your preference. Just wondering what you think of a fellow angler’s recent choice:

From  London’s the Evening Standard:

In life, he was never happier than when catching fish in his favourite river.
And after his death, Pete Hodge was determined to help his fellow anglers continue to enjoy tight lines too.

So much so that he arranged for his remains to be turned into bait so he could sleep with the fishes.

Mr Hodge, from Puriton, near Bridgwater, Somerset, made his bizarre request after discovering he had terminal motor neurone disease. He died last month aged 61 and was cremated in a coffin made from wicker to look like a fishing basket.

A friend then mixed Mr Hodge's ashes with maize, hemp and soya to create 30lb of groundbait which was rolled into balls so it could be catapulted into the River Huntspill in Somerset, where he had fished for more than 40 years.

His widow Caroline and daughter Sally were the first to propel the bait into the water, and it was not long before bream were attracted to the spot to be hooked by Mr Hodge's fishing friends.

Comments

Mike

The wicker coffin is classic - love it! Being made into chum? Well, at least his family followed through with his final wishes. Cremated ashes are just that - ashes. Considering that we breath each others dust (shed skin) all the time, recycling ashes through the fishes is no big deal. Not that I would use them as seasoning for my favorite dish.

I was planning to have my cremated ashes tossed into my favorite trout stream, but am seriously considering having my ashes mixed with cement, formed into a rock and placed into my favorite trout stream. Someone turning over the rock to check for nymphs might just find my initials inscribed.

Scrap5000

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Mike Diehl

Cremation, followed by celebratory cross-country road trip. Throw a little of me out the window in wild places wherever the game are still plentiful or at least where the view is spectacular.

Mc. Squizzy

Fish bait for me!

Doesn't matter what they do with me when I die. I know I'm going to be in Heaven!!Hope to meet all of you there.

Wes

Yeah, it doesn't really matter what happens when it's all over.....so the fish get you instead of the worms (not that the worms can really get to you these days)

He was burned first-he wasn't chum, just chum impurity. I however, would like to be made directly into chum(the fish would finaly get back at me for how many of them I've eaten) Lol. This is so morbid.

RJ

My final wishes are a little different; I want a viking funeral, to be placed in a boat, set it a drift in flames. My younger brothers(I am the oldest) balked until I suggested that they could light the boat by shooting flaming arrows at it, now they are all for the idea.

RJ

My final wishes are a little different; I want a viking funeral, to be placed in a boat, set it a drift in flames. My younger brothers(I am the oldest) balked until I suggested that they could light the boat by shooting flaming arrows at it, now they are all for the idea.

007

I was at my brother-in-law's mother's funeral, watching the casket being lowered into the vault and thinking to myself what a tremedous financial burden it was, on top of the stress of losing a loved one, to the family and all the money that was being put into the ground, never to be seen or used again, and I decided right there that I would NOT put my family thru that. Shortly thereafter, I signed up as an organ donor and instructed my wife and kids that I wanted to donate every usable component of my body, cremate the rest, and spread the ashes over the homeplace, where I am happiest. I cannot see the reasoning behind burying a perfectly good liver, heart, cornea, etc. Such a waste when there are so many folks in dire need of what I no longer have a use for. Please sign up today.

don m.

you said it best 007,as for me ,i want to be spread out around my deer blind so i can watch the sun set.

oct. 1/st. is getting closer.

Don

Elvis

Cremation is the way to go. I was raised as a Roman Catholic. Every Ash Wednesday as the priest applied the ashes to my forehead he said, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. So whats with burial in a cemetary, or should I dare say "human landfill". Cemtaries are a loss to hbitat, we do not need anymore places lost for wildlife. Screw all that monument to ME crap. When your gone, you are gone.

A Native American belief regarding cremation is the best I have heard. Their thoughs were that they (their ashes) became the grass; the grass feed the Buffalo; they ate the Buffalo; and the circle of life continued.

Huntergatherer

Our modern burial practices result in 80,000 gallons of toxic emblaming fluid placed in the ground every year. When I go, I want my body to nourish the Earth, not harm it.

Trae B.

I want to be cremated but, after im ash I want to go boom. put me in a full gas jug stand back and shoot me with a flammin arrow.




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