As I have said in other articles, we all die. Then comes the choice of what do you want to happen to the flesh left behind. There are several options. Most people choose the traditional route of a full body burial. There is a service of some type and then your remains are lowered into the ground in a particular cemetery, hopefully one that you choose. Others chose to be cremated and/or buried at sea. Still even others don't care at all what happens to the flesh left behind.
I have given this much thought as I have realized that I am closer to the end then to the beginning. While I am an atheist and have no concern over the loss of the a non-existent soul, it still seems to me that a ceremony is important for those I leave behind. Besides, there are some send offs that I have earned and would like to have those I leave behind to see. For instance I am veteran of the Viet-Nam era. That means that I have earned a military funeral and in fact expect one. I have not earned the right for a full body interment at Arlington, though I have earned the right for my ashes to be interned in the columbarium there, but I don't even want that.
I love Arizona. I was born in Michigan, have lived in well over more then half of the lower forty-eight states and currently live in Los Angeles, but always felt happiest in Phoenix. I'm not sure why and quite frankly it doesn't really matter, I just love it there. So, for me, the best place to lay my remains down is in the columbarium of the new National Cemetery in Cave Creek, Arizona. That way my wife's ashes can be interred with mine if she so chooses and I can still be in a National Cemetery.
Now I understand that the dealing with a person's remains is very personal. Some people insist on a traditional burial. Other insist on cremation. Some want to be buried at sea and many want a combination. As far as I am concerned I think that every effort must be given to meet the wishes of the deceased.
A few miles West of my hometown of Hopkins, Michigan is a cemetery called Poplar Hill. It is fantastic. It is a classic country cemetery with views that stretch for miles. Many people in Allegan County want to be buried there and who could blame them. Still others want to be buried in a city plot. Perhaps because it would make it easier for their friends and family to visit them. There are also small, non-descript cemeteries of maybe 100 graves in small corner of life outside of countless small towns where they want to be buried because their family is there or because it's a cemetary next to the church of their choice.
Out here in Los Angeles are cemeteries such as the world famous Forest Lawn and the Hollywood Forever cemeteries where national figures and movie and TV stars are buried and where there still are a lot of plots available if you want to be buried in the same ground as they are and many people do. Personally, I don't see the attraction.
So, the questions are, where do you want to be buried? Do you want to be buried? What kind of cemetery appeals to you? If you don't see your option included in this poll, please express yourself and tell me.