How do you want to be remembered when you’ve breathed your last breath in this world? I’d like my epitaph to read something similar to this:
“Here lie the remains of Lee Hansen. She loved God, family and country. She had a thirst for knowledge and a love for life.” I would like it to be embellished with all kinds of artistry that reflects who I was as a person.
Can I even have that in full-view on my casket for people to ooh and ahh as they pay their last respects for me? The answer is yes.
ENTER: Designer Caskets
The idea of “happy coffins” was initiated as a partnership between Singapore philanthropy and a local nursing home. According to the article written by Blair S. Walker entitled, A Happy Final Resting Place a better understanding is given of this concept.
According to the article, “The Lien Foundation commissioned a community of Singapore artists and designers to create personalized coffins for three of the home’s residents. Before the wooden caskets were painted, the three recipients discussed their lives, passions and dreams with the artists tasked with customizing the coffins”.
The purpose of these designer coffins is to think back on how that person lived. I figure if a person didn’t know me well enough to know about my life while I was living, an artist rendering would probably not convince them. And besides, I’m probably too economically conscious to spend more. Okay I’m cheap!!
Once I’m under ground, would the bugs enjoy the scenery of my casket? Who else would benefit from such a thing? It’s not like they’ll be exhuming by casket for anything.
No, I’ll stick with the basic no-frills casket. Besides, I’ll be resting comfortably in the arms of Jesus. That knowledge alone is what makes me rest in peace.
AARP Bulletin, November 2010, Page 8