We came one by one, numbering to eight, gathering around a table, sipping our morning brew, warming up to one another and slowly shifting our conversations to the main reason for our get together, to talk about “STIFF”.
Ron Boothe, was the first to share his personal scientific and psychological insights about, “Organ donors and their awareness of what might be done to their donated body parts and for what reason”.
Then came in Stirling Smith, and his Anatomy Lab experience, discussing “The possibilities of a body living with someone else’ organ parts”.
Peter Farnum picked up the conversation discussing, “Human life, should there be a different value on one life versus another and who should decide which life posses greater value?”, his PhD in Forest Ecology assured to balance the statistics.
Jim Robbins offered his spiritual and political viewpoint combined from his world travel experiences on, “Do animals have soul and does the soul have a substance?” he landscaped the ground for Burk Ketcham to volunteer his communityhealth planning expertise to explain, “How can animals continue to function even with most of their body separated from their head?” he was followed by Bill Hagen discussing, “Brain dead versus actual life and organ recovery from mind-less patients but not life-less bodies? his Clinical public health knowledge commissioned the discussion to the hemispheres, he also included a humorous poem called Departmental (posted in comments below).
And then it was Neil Burgeson speaking on, “If the soul is separated from the body, then what happens to it after death, surely his education PhD gave just to his viewpoint, counseling a calmness in us. Myself, the culprit, photographically engineered to un-STIFF everyone, choosing “The moral issues of “Cadavers being used for both, research of saving lives and taking lives”, my quest was to read and learn, yet I found more questions than answers, I suppose the Zen in me has me in search for life and living answers, and if I had a wish, I would wish to find my beginning, how I came to be and then find my next resting place, regardless of my spirituality, biological functionality or my human life objectives, Is there a separation between “LIFE AND DEATH” and if there is, where does life go-after death?
As suggested by some, the “SOUL” leaves the body when we die, then how does it reincarnate to another body and to what magnitude?
The group’s general consensus to be ecologically green was positive toward the new cremation and composting methods for disposal of dead bodies. However, I would need positive proof of it’s safety values before I volunteer to be fertilizer.
Here are additional opinions of some individuals I discussed these issues with outside our group:
- Although, not yet scientifically proven, many experiences suggest that there is “LIFE AFTER DEATH”.
- “PSYCHOTHERAPIST” have learned how to help people have their own afterlife connections, both spiritual & paranormal.
- People on the “NEXT PLANE OF LIFE”
Many thanks to my son M.J. for encouraging me to read “STIFF”, and the author Mary Roach, no wonder it was a New York Times bestseller, and to the above mentioned scholar-ed friends, what a great discussion.