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Another Friendly Reminder – “Just Cremate Us”.

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My parents have just returned from my uncle’s funeral (held in Malaysia). Apparently the immediate families of the bereaved had spared no expenses to organise an extravagant funeral for him.

Not too long ago, they told me what they saw.

It was during a ride in the car from the airport that we spoke. Or, rather, they did most of the talking while I drove the car.

“It was so expensive. What good does a funeral like that do?” my mother asked.
“Death happens to everyone, it’s not as if the dead will thank you anyway,” my father agreed.
“It’s such a bother. Next time when it comes to our turns, remember – don’t bother giving us such nonsense,” my mother said. “Ching Ming’s such a waste of time, especially when so many people have to come from so many different places to visit a pile of ashes. Just burn us and be done with it. I don’t even remember my parents now.”

“Yes,” my father said. “If you want to remember us, just go for a picnic or a hike, do something more meaningful than burn incense papers and polluting the environment. Don’t even bother with a crematorium slot – scatter part of our ashes into the sea, part of them in the ground and part of them in the air.”

“Okay,” I said, my eyes firmly focussed on the road. “I don’t mind, but please put it in your wills. No one’s going to accuse me of being disrespectful if I don’t organise any kind of funeral rites for you.”

“Ahhh don’t need to do that – just remember our wishes,” my father said.

Lest I forget, I put it up in my blog.


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December 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

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