Funeral planning can be a lively experience

Mwl Adding to the Internet’s recent embrace of the morbid, the new funeral-planning site MyWonderfulLife invites users to "Plan your funeral, your way." The end of one’s life is perhaps not the most opportune time for self-empowerment, but better late than never, I guess. The site’s services include, obviously, planning funeral details. Hmm, do I want to be buried or cremated? I was hoping to do both, just to be on the safe side. It’s not like I can try one and change my mind if it doesn’t work out. Should I donate my organs to medical science? What if I give them my eyes and can’t see who I’m talking to in the afterlife? Is that Winston Churchill or Kurt Cobain? I won’t have a clue! The site also lets you compose messages to loved ones. ("Hey Tim, it’s Dave. I’m dead. You doing anything Saturday?") There’s even an area for bequeathing one’s prized possessions. I’m leaving my Roget’s Thesaurus to Brian Morrissey, so he too can pepper his stories with jazzy words like "bequeath." My Cabbage Patch collection goes to the Guggenheim! The inscription on my headstone? I think Dorothy Parker said it best: "You might as well live."

—Posted by David Gianatasio