I wish I had been there to hug him. This whole experience led me into a changed way of thinking about my own departure. I have never felt good about being buried with all the expense and inconvenience it causes. I do not particularly fancy funerals. On the other hand cremation turns me off entirely. I do not feel I will be conscious of the process, but I cannot think of it as a reverent passage, more a matter of economical storage of … us. The obvious answer is to give one’s body away. That is what Jesus did after all. We might as well follow his example. I am going to investigate the avenues by which one can donate one’s corpse. I am sure millions have thought of the same thing, but this is the first time I have considered it as a serious personal option.