Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Another unique casket

This story was in the news about a month ago. It got me to thinking about interesting burials I've had over the years. Although I've had many, many interesting services, I can't recall any that had a custom casket, except for the one that was a plain, pine coffin. A young lady was killed in an auto accident and her family asked her friends to write messages on it with a sharpie pen. It was a lot like signing a yearbook and it seemed to be very therapeutic for the other kids.
As for me, I used to think I wanted to be cremated and pumped into a basketball (I was 17). Not anymore. I'm not down with the cremation. It's fine for others, but I can't stand the thought of burning. So, I recently purchased a nice corner lot at the cemetery across the street from the funeral home. Interestingly enough, this is in one of the oldest sections of the cemetery. Another interesting point is that it is, shall I say, used. No, the previous tenants aren't still there. Their families had enough money to disinter them, buy new vaults and move them to the lakeside property located approximately 200 yards away (why not leave people to rest in peace?). So, it was a great location and a great price. Especially since I received 50% off for being an employee. That translates into $47.66 per month for the next 5 years. Hopefully, my adventures on the road won't cause me to use it any earlier. But, hell, that's why I have insurance, right?


Becky said...

Umm...I haven't priced a plot for myself, but it sounds like alot for a 4' x 8' plot of land. I guess I'd better do some thinking about that, and saving up while I'm still kicking. I don't have any qualms about being burned though; I'm pretty sure I won't feel a thing.


iburyem said...

Becky, it is a lot, but like I said, it's in the oldest (translate-most expensive) section in the cemetery. No, you won't feel the fire. I just don't like the thought of it. I like to think of embalming as "just a little surgery". :)

Ronman said...

Just a little surgery.......lmaoooooooooo that's cracking me up. I really should get me a plot sometime seeing as the one I was gonna use is in the family cemetery of the ex-wife. The 13 years and 8 months was eternity enough to spend with her no need to rot beside her.


iburyem said...

Ronman, a good embalmer will ensure that you don't "rot" beside her. Dehydrate, yes. But not rot. :)