Organ Donation & cremation

United States
January 19, 2007 9:29am CST
I'm planning on being cremated and my organs donated when I die. My busband on the other hand doesn't want to be an donater even though he is wanting to be cremated too. I can't understand why that's so. If you're not going to need it why not give someone else a chance. His only reason (and he's a really logical person usually) cause it's mine and it's suppose to be there. What are your views on this? If you're going to be cremated why not donate your organs?
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39 responses
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I'm giving my body to science. That is the biggest donation you can give.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
True but I don't think I'm up for that.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Maybe he's appauled by the fact that "rape" people's $ for the same parts that are going to rot. They call it a donation. Ok So you donate. Now, usually with a "donation" it goes to support someone else right? They don't pay you for it but they charge the receiver? How right is that? They charge for the operations. OUTRAGEOUS Prices. It really just.. sickens me. And appauls me. Maybe it does him too.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Well of course they charge. They've got to take it out of the body (lots of hospital staff involved), keep the body under the correct circumstances until it can be removed and then put it into the new patient. Yes it costs money and a lot of it. Everything does. You pay for what you get.
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I plan on being cremated as well and certainly will consider in donating
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• India
20 Jan 07
If you donate your organs then it will give life to someone, what can be more important than this?
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@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I think that is nice of you and i might do the same thing. Its a nice thing to do if people are in need and you should be proud of yourself for helping out another person.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I think this topic will depend on one's cultural background. In my native country, majority believe that you will not be at peace if you will be buried with some parts missing...more or less like the Sleepy Hollow thing. I haven't made up my mind about both but the responses in here offered some insights for me to mull over.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
That's just it though as I stated before. He's going to be cremated - not buried. It says you're from Texas. I don't know if that's where you're born (US) but I was. And I rarely hear that.
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I think you have to respect the fact that he doesn't want anybody else using his organs but himself. Maybe it's a personal thing, like he doesn't feel like he would be able to rest peacefully if some of his body parts were separated from him and kept on living. Or maybe he feels like it's some form of invasion of his privacy. I mean, you wouldn't want some person you don't even know using your underwear or your socks, right? You don't know what they have, or what they'll do with your stuff. Maybe it's the same way with your husband. I also want to be cremated when I die and I already have an organ donor card. I think it's a very logical choice and I hope someone deserving benefits.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I didn't say I didn't respect his opionin and discision. I just said that I find it odd for him because he's not religious and he's very logical. I think it may be a privacy thing for him.
• United States
20 Jan 07
LOL, I know the arguments are plenty. And assuming your name, you are not a religious person in that sense. However, I would hate to die, and then find out that I needed that. My donor card actually says, "All organs but the heart". I know that sounds insane, and I too, wish for a cremation. However, there is something eerie about not having a heart.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I'm not a religious person in a since that you might say but I'm an extremely spritual person.
• India
19 Jan 07
i thnik organ donitation have both good and bad effect.... good for those people who needed any organ ... and bad for those many people.. because many person think it is a good way to make money.. just kidnap any kids ,kill him and sold his organs and your husband dont want this because i think he love you very much..
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• United States
20 Jan 07
That doesn't really happen in America. It's exteremly rare.
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i want to be cremated when i die and yes i am an organ donor. though organ donations is not for everyone, the only thing we can do is support what our loved ones want. if your husband feels he does not want to donate, then that is his business and you have to respect that decision.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I whole heartedly support him - I just think it's a litte weird for him to be so illogical :)
@solmari (123)
• United States
27 Jan 07
organ donation!! well i can put some insight from the other end of the table(one who is in need of one)because i have been in renal falirue for 18 years of my life and yes NO KIDNEY for me because of the amount of poeple the oppose to donating and if i was in good health i would be a donor without a dout i just images one of my own children family going through what i have for the last 18 years of my life yes i would gladly gave any part of me that can prolong someone else life.
@creechy29 (132)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
maybe your husband wants to keep his body intact eventhough it is already cremated.
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@kmgupta (562)
• India
20 Jan 07
i will donate organ to help saving other life
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@bison007 (254)
• Indonesia
20 Jan 07
Logically, what are you saying is right, but in fact some people are "affraid" to donate their organs,and they tend not to admited. Honestly I have a ghost bump reading your post.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I would never want to be a donator, the tough of it makes me sick to my stomach, I know my organs could save somebodies life, but I have to respect my self and my body, but I woulden't mind being cremated, it sounds alot better than getting berried 6 feet below and being eaten by worms.
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• India
20 Jan 07
I am in favour of organ donation. I think this really helps some of the not gifted people who are suffering because of the malfuntioning of some organ. I am absolutely in favour and would love to do it for my organs once I die
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• Philippines
20 Jan 07
Organ donation is a very philantrophic act. I admire u GnosticGoddess because organs make life longer to one who needs it. Just imagining that your organ still lives even your gone? And you help others in your own special way? Wow! Feels great. Me too wants to be an organ donor when I die. But you can't blame others on not doing so. We all have our own beliefs and opinions. It's not a crime anyway. :)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am planning on being cremated. I am also planning on having anything viable donated. I agree with you. If you want to convince your husband maybe letting him see/hear/talk to someone who has benifited from a donation. My aunt passed away recently and I had durable power of attorney for health care. She specifically stated she didn't want to donate her organs, but on the next page of the trust it said that I could make the choice about anatomical gifts. I was called by the eye bank and they asked if I wanted to donate her corneas. I did, she left that up to me and I feel strongly about it. Point in fact, when I got my new driver's license, I noticed that the little pink "organ donor" is no longer a sticker, it is printed on the license, I was so happy. Those little stickers always fall off.
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@abhiquest (580)
• India
20 Jan 07
I guess sometimes we have fears put into our mind from the traditions we follow. Our religion/society all add to our state of confusing mind. I am a Hindu, and according what my religion dictates, my body would be burnt to ashes. I don't fear my body getting burnt, but I fear getting parts donated! Isn't it a great irony?? But while I say all this, I am just presenting you the way most of us think. I for one would like to go for donation of body parts. Its better to reside at once in so many bodies than to get burnt! And to add to it, there have been rackets, killing people and selling their body parts! Why is the cost of those organs so high? Why don't we look at the cost of those lives? I think we are to be blamed for creating such criminals. If we are always there to donate body parts, would these people go for such killings? There would be no profit in this business then!!
• United States
20 Jan 07
I plan on donating my organs and i am also willing to be a living donor if we were not meant to donate then I believe that our bodies would not except an organ from some one else we donate blood all the time without a second thought but why not our organs if we are not going to use them any more.And as for cremation I to am going to be cremated and have my girls take my ashes to a loche and damn on the mississippi at midnight when it is quite and the moon and stars are bright as it is my favorite time to be on the river and let my ashes flow with the waters.
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