OTHER THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE DEAD
Donating your body to medical science is one way to make yourself useful after death. But what if you want to do something that’s not so ‘run of the mill’?
Car manufacturers like to demonstrate the efficacy of their vehicles’ safety features by showing you slow-motion video of dummies getting thrown about during a collision. What they’re less keen to publicise is that they’ve probably put dead bodies through the same tests to see how the impacts affect their internal organs.
PUT ON A SHOW
Body Worlds exhibitions feature real corpses and organs that have been preserved through plastination, a technique invented by German doctor Gunther von Hagens. If you’re willing to go on display after your bodily fluids and soluble fat have been replaced by liquid plastic, you could donate your body to the Institute for Plastination.
GROW A TREE
You can still make yourself useful after you’ve been cremated, depending on what happens to your ashes. Scattered on soil, they’ll act as a general fertiliser but if you want something more specific you can have them added to a Bios Urn, a biodegradable container that’s packed with soil and used for tree seed germination.
RELEASE A RECORD
An audio recording of your voice or music that held a special meaning for you is one way that loved ones can treasure your memory.