We all have a different idea of what we want to happen with our bodies after we die.
But one man whose final wish strays from the more traditional methods has left his wife ‘wanting to cry’ with his ‘disturbing’ requests.
She explains that her husband of 12 years has had medical problems recently, and it led to the couple discussing end of life plans.
After asking if he wanted to be buried or cremated, the man revealed he wanted his partner to have his skull taken from his body and cleaned.
He wanted the rest of his remains ‘taken to one of those places that makes gems out of bodies’ and made made into two blue diamonds, which he wants placed in the sockets of the skull to look like eyes.
Then the whole thing was to be placed on the mantelpiece in the living room to ‘watch the family home’ and ‘be passed down through the generations’.
After his wife initially assumed he was joking, he insisted he was dead serious (sorry) and even suggested she did the same so they could sit above the fireplace together. She refused.
She told him the whole idea made her feel uncomfortable and her children would likely feel the same way when they were handed the ‘literal skull of their father’.
She admitted she would probably never take the skull out of its box, much less have it staring at her from the mantelpiece, and said if it was passed down through the family the bizarre skull would end up being sold at a garage sale because it meant nothing to the people who inherited it.
Her husband became upset when she said his skull would remain hidden away, arguing it would be ignoring his final wishes.
She said: “Part of me wants to get over my feelings, but I can’t.
“I want to cry thinking of someone hacking apart my husband and handing me his bones, and I feel anxiety over the thought of putting that skull with his blue ‘eyes’ in my home until I die.
“I’m fine if he wants a burial. I’m fine with cremation. Viking funeral, that weird thing where they turn you into tree food, whatever.
“I’m even fine with the gems on their own. But this whole skull thing is really bothering me. He won’t budge, and he isn’t joking.”
She revealed she was tempted to cremate him and spread the ashes on their property, but felt the move would be ‘sneaky and dishonest’.
Writing on Reddit , she asked others for advice on how to handle the situation.
One replied: “So maybe this would be one of those don’t ask again, consider his recommendation a non binding suggestion, and do what seems prudent if or when he passes.
Another wrote: “Speaking as someone who lost their dad at 16 (11 years now) I can tell you it would be extremely disturbing to see his skull.
“For some morbid, odd reason the thought has occurred to me once or twice that by now his corpse has probably withered away to the bone and as I picture him lying there, no longer looking like my dad but a skeleton, it’s a horrible image.
“Please don’t actually do that to your kids they shouldn’t have to see that, it’s best if he is immortalized forever in their minds young… and whole.”