We as people, have a habit of leaving everything for the very last possible minute. Especially the more unpleasant of things. Topping this list is everything that is related to death. If there is anything that is certain in all the uncertainty of the future, it is death. Yet in our wishful thinking for a long life, we keep matters related to Death pending; like writing a Will. I think like our lives are our responsibility, so should our deaths be.
So I thought of making a sort of a Will for myself right away.
There isn't much in terms of money or monetary wealth that I possess. But one of my most prized possession is my body. I don't want people to decide what is to be done with it after I'm gone. I want to take the decision myself. So here goes:
Every part of my body, from my heart and brain to the very last strand of my hair is to be used in any charitable way that is possible. Any part of me that can be used to save a life or make a life better or serve the purpose of bettering human existence, should be taken and duly used for the same.
That includes my skin. I know a lot of people think it is gruesome that the skin be taken off the body especially when there are funeral rituals to be done. I'll make it a little easier.
There is to be no funeral. No one will pay any sort of a priest to conduct any ceremony over my remains. Even if the last of my bone can be used for donation or for research, it is to be given away. That is the only way I will be at peace.
If however, my body is mutilated in any manner or is beyond any such use, I want it to be burried without ceremony in some forest or some place without any sort of a marker or tomb stone or anything indicating that my remains exist there. Leave me at peace; to be one with the soil from whence I emerged.
If you wish to remember me, I request you to close your eyes and think of any moment when I brought a smile on your face and joy to your heart. Hold on to that moment; I live in it and through that, I will be with you forever. If I ever meant anything to you, don't cry over what remains of me but try to spread the smile that I gave you.
(I know all of this sounds preachy and philosophical but I stick by every word very seriously. Euphemisms apart, if anyone reading this finds out that my Will is not being carried out as per my wish, I give you the right to intervene on my behalf, blood and relation being of no consequence.)
With this, I conclude.
PS: Photo Credit to hans j. knospe. It is a lovely image I got off of Google Images.