The first time I have heard about the idea of living funeral was from reading “Tuesdays with Morrie,” by Mitch Albom. Morrie, Mitch’s old professor, had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Okay. Let me digress for a moment, as I just read about this illness so I want to pass on what I have learned.
According to www.alsa.org, “A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. "A" means no or negative. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic" means nourishment–"No muscle nourishment." When a muscle has no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away.” ASL also referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease.” Patients with ALS will lose their brains’ ability to initiate and control muscle movement and in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed and eventually leads to their death.
Morrie Schwartz decided to host his own living funeral after attended one and felt quite depressed and said, “What a waste.” He thought it was such a waste with all of the nice things that people said but the dead never got to hear any of it. –So, living funeral!
I am quite sold to the idea and someday, I would definitely hold one for myself unless I was called before my time –without any warning signs, then so be it! Otherwise, I am in!
I hope this journey will shed some lights to all of us, life after all is quite short so don’t wait until our loved ones/friends are gone before telling them how much they are meant to us. Each day could be a living funeral for someone and one day, it could be ours.
Journey of Life