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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Be Well Remembered

Picture by Matt West



As I strolled past a funeral home the other day, I was struck by their slogan: "Be Well Remembered".

Is it how we see it? The last impression is the most important? The obituary, the burial or the cremation and all this masquerade? Will a more expensive casket in oak and silk and gold will really make a difference once I'm dead?

Hell no! Give me a cardboard box, no tombstone and bury me naked under a beautiful tree. (With global warming, cremation is soooo out!)

If you want to be well remembered, skip the funeral process part and concentrate on the important stuff: how you lived (and maybe how you died in some extreme cases), but certainly not how you were buried.

2 comments:

Antoine said...

''Will a more expensive casket in oak and silk and gold will really make a difference once I'm dead?''

Absolutely not. But it may make some people around you warm inside for having taken care of you once you were dead.

It will even erase from their memories that they failed to do it while you were still alive. Beauty of the thing, they’ll be able to proudly say that they did the best for you when it counted the most.

In a society in which cripples are hidden, ugliness is a capital sin and aging is a curse, death is certainly a tough matter to deal with. At least, a beautiful oak box will make the whole event worth watching on Picasa.

JM said...

We can always do like River Phoenix: Live fast, die youg and leave a good looking corpse.