Monday, March 16, 2009

Eternal Reefs

I know at my age, being only 27 years old, healthy and active, thinking of how I would like my own funeral to be seems like such a silly notion. But I learned that tomorrow isn't certain. Life takes unexpected turns.


I want to be cremated and my ashes sent out to sea but not in the traditional fashion of simply tossing the ashes out on the surface of the ocean. I want my ashes to be preserved in an Eternal Reef. An Eternal Reef is an urn that is constructed in a concrete mold systems developed to create reefs that closely mimic natural coral reef formations in the ocean. Special design features are included to make it easy for sea life to attach and grow on these designed reef structures. In other words, my passing would bring life and help protect and restore these fragile eco-systems.

The Eternal Reef package has a Dedication ceremony in which I would like white orchids and white dendrobium leis to be tossed out to sea after my Eternal Reef has been lowered. I would like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World" to be played.

I would like my funeral to be a celebration of my life. I want a service that shows photos of my life- all the happiest times like my birth, moments in my childhood, my graduation, my wedding, the birth of my daughter- all the moments in my life that made me happy and made my life what it is. I want funny photos and photos that would make my friends and family smile.

Well, I know this was a silly blog but I just thought it would be nice to have it documented somewhere, because you never know what tomorrow brings.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery...but today is a gift. That's why it's called the 'present' ".

1 comment:

Neabear said...

Actually it is not a silly notion and many people are afraid to talk about it too. So putting it in writing is a good thing. That way loved ones have some way of knowing. Because is it true, you never know what tomorrow brings. Just today a man was killed in a horrible accident on the road I take to work. Stuff strewn everywhere including a child's teddy bear. So obviously a family man whose family is grieving today. Very sad to see that. It was cleared up by the time I went to work, but I passed two tow trucks who had the cars in that accident. One very badly torn apart.