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’?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Science -

CRASH CARS

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.

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