Speaking of life, why don't I take
The Ultimate Death Survey
What do you think happens after you die? My body will decompose, and the atoms and molecules out of which I am made will disperse and reassemble somewhere else into something else.
Do you believe in heaven? Not really, but I like the idea of an afterlife.
Do you believe in hell? No - even though, as a Catholic, I ought to.
Do you think you will be judged after you die? Rationally: no -- but from a religious point of view...I don't know. I live my life as if I might be called to answer for it one day...
How many people would attend your funeral? Lots, I hope.
Would you rather that people cry or laugh at your funeral? Fond, wistful little smiles, anyone?
What's better? A shot in the head or downing pills? Tough one. A shot in the head leaves an awful mess, but downing pills would imply a suicide...and I'd never kill myself.
What should be written on your tombstone? I'm going to be cremated, so: no headstone.
Would you rather die childless or divorced? I have no preference for either state, so it really doesn't matter.
Do you want to die in the morning, afternoon, or night? Hm...the morning, I think. Go out with the dawn chorus.
If you had a million dollars to leave, who would you leave it to? Cancer research. It's not going to happen, though.
What kind of flowers do you want at your funeral? My favourites: sunflowers and daffodils.
On your deathbed, which moment will you most remember? I won't know until I'm there, will I?
Have you ever watched someone die? Yes, my maternal grandmother. I was 4 and don't remember it all that much; just that we were all gathered around her bed when she breathed her last.
What's the most gruesome death you can imagine? Burning. Ever since I caught a glimpse of the charred remains of a neighbour as a 7 year old, I have dreaded the thought of ever dying in the same way.
How often do you think about death? Hardly ever; only when someone I know snuffs it, really.
Is fear of dying your number one fear? No. I'm not afraid of dying at all.
Do you believe in reincarnation? No. But it's an attractive idea. I want to come back as somebody's much loved and pampered cat.
Have you ever wished someone you loved were dead? Never.
Do you consider life short or long? I consider it just long enough.
Do you think you have a soul? Strangely: yes. But I'm not certain I'm not confusing it with my mind or my consciousness.
Assisted suicide for a terminally ill person is: something that we call 'euthanasia'.
If you were cremated, where would you like your ashes? In a nice urn in a colombarium. For Godsake, don't let anyone take me home to put me on the mantlepiece!
Would you choose to be immortal, if you could be? Only if it came with eternal youth and perpetual good health.
Take The Ultimate Death Survey
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