Saturday, December 20, 2008

Burried with a cell phone

The under forty set is increasingly being buried with their portable electronic devices.

It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them,” says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. “It’s a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.”

As for the reason why people are asking to be buried with their cell phones it varies. Some do so as a memento of the person just as they would bury a football or other memento. While others leave the phones in the casket and plan to call their dead loved one in the future.

“Some people will call the deceased just as they’re lowering the coffin into the ground,” he says. “It’ll be prearranged and you’ll hear a faint ring. It’s like the new version of ‘Taps’ for people who are identified as being on the phone all the time.”

Apparently the fear of being buried alive is not one of the reasons that people are choosing to be buried with the cell phones. We are very trusting that medical officials will make sure we're dead before we're buried.

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