My brother David is dying. Cancer is the killer. He will not have a funeral when his life ends, which will be sooner rather than later. He is in torment and death will be better for him than life.
He and his partner have already made arrangements for David's body to be donated to a London teaching hospital so that medical students can learn by using David in whatever way is required.
They can delve into his illness, his lungs, his brain (he also has dementia now) or anything that will enhance their knowledge of the human body.
I think this is a wonderful way of leaving this wicked world. It obviates the need for lining the pockets of funeral companies, and of meaningless church services and all the paraphernalia that dying involves.
It provides something USEFUL in life. It may provide valuable information about these diseases. It is a way of giving something back as one pegs out, so to speak. I am all for it.
Well done David, and Margaret. You are both suffering greatly at the moment but when it's all over you will know that out of the evil of cancer and dementia something GOOD will emerge because of this donation of David's body to science.
Amen to that, if you get my drift.