I'm going to a funeral next Saturday and I've been told that it will be an open casket ceremony. Oh joy. I've been to just maybe 2 of these and I hated it. Absolutely hated it. It all seems just so unnatural, so odd to me that anyone would want to be embalmed with formadehyde, have make-up put on them so they look alive, and then be hermetically sealed in a padded coffin and placed in the ground to be preserved forever. Who is going to dig you up open the coffin and look at you? Does it matter? I understand that doing this lets people remember you better if they can see your likeness, but they never look like how you'd like to remember them. It seems all grotesqe and morbid to me after thinking about it. I used to just take if for granted but now having to go to this funeral - I think it is so against what I feel about the cycle of life. Ashes to ashes dust to dust, come from the earth, return to the earth seems far more poetic and beautiful to me. What's the best way to go when your time comes?