Dying For Attention

| 12/21/2007 9:27:15 AM

The problem with dying these days is that everybody’s doing it. It is practically impossible to stand out from the crowd once you’ve breathed your final breath. In a Live Science" href="http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/071203-offbeat-burials.html" target="_blank">delightfully macabre article for Live Science, Heather Whipps offers some suggestions on how your death, if celebrated in a sufficiently ridiculous fashion, can out-shine your soon-to-be-forgotten life. As an added benefit, some of the options are more eco-friendly than the traditional chemical-laden, bank vault-thick sarcophagus that so many choose for their final resting place (an idea covered by Utne.com in August of 2006). LiveScience also provides a handy top-ten list of the all-time weirdest ways of dealing with death to help with brainstorming. With this many alternatives, you might not even need your ashes shot out of a cannon. 

Morgan Winters

For a related article on virtual bereavement, read Grief Goes Online by Joe Hart from the March/April 2006 issue of Utne Reader. 

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