Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Driving by this cemetery lit by gorgeous morning sun, where most of the stones seemed decades, even centuries old, I wondered--are graves becoming a thing of the past?
Have you noticed that funerals are becoming outré--er, passé (thanks for the catch, Fritinancy)--being replaced by the more fashionable memorial service or even-- increasingly, alarmingly, no service at all. Several relatives and a neighbor passed away this year and I was startled that their passing didn't merit any kind of group recognition. When I gently inquired about this, I was informed that "the person wouldn't have wanted a big deal made of his/her death." But aren't funerals actually meant for the living?
It may be last millenium, but just for the record--Friends and Family reading this: I want my exit observed with a jolly, rip-roaring party and an old-fashioned grave you'll feel obligated to visit. Condolences!