Recently I spent a weekend with a friend who is a funeral director and I have learned lots about funerals. What I didn't realise is that they are jolly expensive - approximately $7000 for a cremation and $9000 for a burial. So I am thinking that I need to start saving now or start one of those special funeral insurance schemes.
On the cheap
One thing I am sure about is...I got married on the cheap and I want to be buried on the cheap. I cannot see any good reason for spending heaps of money on a coffin that will go up in smoke. I cannot bear the idea of people standing around sobbing...I want people to have fun at my funeral, so here's my requests:
- I want to stay at home until my cremation
- I don't want an expensive coffin...one of those sustainable, cardboard boxes will do me
- I don't want a funeral service...just a gathering of friends at the beach, remembering the good times...and drinking lots of Lindauer (New Zealand sparkling wine)
- I would like to be cremated and then my ashes scattered on Allan Beach, along the Peninsula in Dunedin.
Image: Allen's Beach, Dunedin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmstewart/2057766562