After living a happy life, make sure you live a happy afterlife — a bit like the Egyptian pharaohs. Don’t worry, we are not advocating building pyramid-like structures in a space-starved world or asking you to worry yourself to death over the prospect of getting mummified. There are several ways of saying goodbye, in true signature-style. The latest trend in the US is funeral pre-planning. Simply put, event managers will help you organise your final event on earth. The trend, planners say, is driven by the baby-boom generation born after World War II. Death for them is no longer taboo and they are determined to throw in a few things that will add a little zing to their final exit. On the cards are online obituaries and autobiographical videos. Yes, no stone, grave or otherwise, is left unturned when it comes to celebrating one’s final moments.
To help you scale the peak of your eventful life, we have the appropriately named funeral and concierge firm, Everest. It has organised some 65,000 custom-made funerals. The requests, paid of course, have been quite varied: from motorcycle rallies, a fishing theme, or a party at the departed’s favourite restaurant or the stadium where the person played football. If you never scored a decent goal and were a bench warmer throughout your career, a last-minute hurrah (that you secretly dreamt of during your playing days) may actually sound pleasing and flattering.
Since there is nothing called a free lunch, we must warn you that the service comes at a stiff price depending on how much you want to stretch yourself even in death. But one wonders how comforting all this is when you are in your coffin while the gathered revellers are raising several toasts to your health, sorry, death. Enough to make you turn in your grave, when you are put into it after everyone’s through making merry at your expense.