Thursday, August 7, 2008
Nothing reminds you faster of mortality than a pre-purchase plan from a local cemetery. I received my first solicitation today, and frankly, I was slightly insulted. I may not be 20 or 30-something, but I certainly have both feet far from the grave.
According to the brochure, if I make my purchase post haste, I eliminate future financial burdens (on my family, I suppose) and feel eminent peace of mind knowing everything’s taken care of. For one thing, I have no desire to lay trapped in a gravesite for perpetuity, for another, I have both feet far from the grave!
Statistically, people are living longer—according to my personal calendar, this brochure is about 20 years early. Although, dementia is a potential concern—maybe 15 years early is a safer bet. Either way, anything requesting my business before then will be quickly round-filed. Truthfully, they’d be tossed anyway. I believe in cremation and the cycle of life.
Personal beliefs aside, tonight I’m celebrating continued good health—the brochure has been ceremonially shredded. A little dramatic, but damn it felt good.