So I knew a guy who decided he wanted a tattoo, and his girlfriend suggested—really strongly, I think—that he should get her name, which was Linda, tattooed onto his arm. He wasn’t so sure and finally came up with a compromise: he got “Love Is Not a Dying Art” tattooed inside a heart on his arm. And even though I lost touch with him years ago I’m pretty sure that relationship didn’t end well. This is also almost entirely unrelated but I thought of him when I ran across the website for Dying Art, a company that makes creative caskets.
They’re based in New Zealand and, well, I can’t think of a nicer place to die.
It does seem a little strange to me that someone would want a personalized casket because, well, it’s not like they’re still around to enjoy it. Although I also think, hey, if in the end you want to blow all your money on a glitter casket, go for it.
There’s no better time to do something that makes you truly happy. As Mark Twain wrote in “At The Funeral”,
If the odor of the flowers is too oppressive for your comfort, remember that they were not brought there for you, and that the person for whom they were brought suffers no inconvenience from their presence.
Most of what they offer is a standard coffin shape with a personalized outer design but looking through their gallery there are some absolute gems, especially this memorial plaque:
Looking forward to talking to you in Nashville about Tom Lehrer, Chris. So glad we’re all still alive.
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It’s great to be alive and, amazingly, Tom Lehrer is still with us.
God bless Roger, he sounds like my type of guy. As for the coffins, while clever….. I think I’ll pass.
Roger does seem like a cool guy–the sort of cool guy you want to stay away from. And, yeah, I’m passing on the coffins too. I plan to be cremated.
I’m just shocked that no one ever came up with the concept before. Hmmm…I think I know exactly what I want!
I haven’t checked but I have a feeling there are some other places around that also do creative caskets. This one just happened to show up on my radar and I was especially intrigued that it’s based in New Zealand.