Non religious options for Atheist Memorials

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anadub25
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Re: Non religious options for Atheist Memorials

Post by anadub25 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:34 am

If you've already defected from the Catholic Church do you still need to put it into your will that you want a humanist burial?
"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."

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Re: Non religious options for Atheist Memorials

Post by Feardorcha » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:14 am

Ana,
If you are confident that your next-of-kin will respect your wishes, then there is no need to include your funeral arrangements in your will.
But, if you suspect that your next-of-kin may not respect your wishes, then you would be advised to take steps to ensure they do.
The problems I referred to earlier occurred when people assumed that live-in partners had the right to make the funeral arrangements. They don't, even after many years and even if they have children together. Often an ageing religious parent may be the nearest legal adult relative and that's where conflict can arise.
An alternative solution - and one which I strongly recommend - is to outlive all your relatives.
Regards, F
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