Cyber Invitations

I received an email invitation via a neighborhood social group to join a local cemetary. Excuse me, memorial park.

To join, I only needed to purchase plots in advance for myself and my partner and our two adopted children, plus unlimited additional plots in the family pet section.

A map of the memorial park was included, with the graves of deceased neighborhood residents marked and those of neighborhood residents as yet undead labeled. I was invited to choose which neighbors I would like us to be buried next to. (The neighbors, if living, must agree.)

There were options for cremation, burial at sea, or burial at the foot of a tree in a biodegradable coffin.

Headstones that went beyond the normal would be subject to neighborhood vote.

There was also an option to be buried in your own back yard, although later owners of the property have the option of exhuming you and sending you to the city’s itinerant burying grounds.

the thing is, i got not just the offer from the memorial park, but constant and repeated cyber urgings from my neighbors to sign up. they have coffee klatches.

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6 Responses

  1. That is taking things a little too far!

  2. thanks. if you have pets – and perhaps you do – there can be some sad moments at the end.

  3. I am assuming that your “pet rat” story is fictitious and an attempt at humor. I had pet mice in my last apartment and after a while you treat them like they are a part of the family.

    What happens if you live in an apartment building, have no pet rat and want to uncover a good plot for yourself? 🙂

    • actually, i find that rats make great pets in the right situations. i can recommend them. too bad there are so many lab rats.

      i haven’t had the same luck with mice. not as smart and friendly as rats and mine were rather messy.

      for the person with no rats and in search of a plot, let’s face it, we’re all rats in a maze.


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