Nearly a third of Brits (29%) would consider being cremated after they die – and would then have their ashes scattered in a natural setting, turned into jewellery, or buried in the coral reef in the ocean.
A quarter of adults (24%) say they would like to “live on” through others after they die, by donating their organs or tissue – and 11% would donate their entire body to science.
Other favourite options for what Brits want to happen to their bodies after they die include being buried under a tree, an underground burial in a bio-degradable coffin, and being buried at sea.
Nearly one in twenty (4%) like the idea of their ashes being inked into a loved one's tattoo, while 7% would want their ashes formed into a diamond.
However, the poll of 2,000 adults also found they have given some thought as to what they would not like to happen to them after death – with coming back as a zombie (38%) or a spider (34%) being the least popular options.
The research was commissioned to launch video game Dead Island 2, which has teamed up with insurance company, DeadHappy, to give people the opportunity to take out a Deathwish – which will ensure there are “no un-wanted comebacks” in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
Simon Turner, spokesman from game creators PLAION UK, said: “Thinking about what you want to happen once you pass on isn’t easy for most.
“However, we’re pretty sure most people would agree they wouldn’t love to come back as a zombie – hell-bent on feasting on the flesh of their former loved ones.
“There’s no harm in being prepared for the unexpected – and taking out a Deathwish for this unlikely event could pay dividends.”
Some of the other unpopular after-life options include coming back as a vampire (31%), a pigeon (30%), a seagull (28%), or a ghost (24%).
But it also emerged 23% of adults have never given any thought to their own end-of-life arrangements.
And 47% believe that in the future, traditional cremations and burials will be a thing of the past, as people get more creative with what they want to happen to their bodies.
The study, commissioned via OnePoll, also found that when it comes to a zombie apocalypse, 18% consider themselves at least somewhat prepared for one.
However, only 9% are “very confident” they’d survive such a scenario, with 32% “very unconfident” they’d last.
TOP 25 THINGS BRITS WOULD CONSIDER FOR THEIR REMAINS AFTER DEATH:
- Be cremated and have your ashes scattered somewhere in nature
- Donate your organs and tissue
- Be buried under a tree
- Traditional burial underground in a wooden coffin
- Donate your entire body to science
- Be transformed into a healthy soil and used for conservation
- Be buried underground in a bio-degradable coffin
- Be cremated and have your ashes turned into a diamond
- Be cremated and have your ashes turned into other jewellery
- Be given a “Viking Funeral” (Have your body sent out into a body of water on a boat and then set on fire with a flaming arrow)
- Be cremated and have your ashes turned into a firework
- Be cremated and have your ashes buried in coral reef in the ocean
- Donate your body to an outdoor forensic anthropology lab where scientists can study human decomposition
- Be cremated and have your ashes scattered on the ground of your favourite football team
- Be cremated and have your ashes shot into space
- Be cremated and have your ashes used to make a decorative paperweight or glass sculpture
- Be buried, but not in any kind of container
- Be buried at sea
- Be plastinated (a form of preservation) for anatomical education
- Be cremated and have your ashes mixed into ink so a loved one could use it in a tattoo
- Be fed to the birds, as per the Tibetan ritual of “Sky Burial”
- Be buried inside a gothic-style crypt outdoors
- Be cremated and have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record
- Be cremated and mixed into paint to create art or a portrait
- Be buried indoors in a mausoleum
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