Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Keeping In Touch With Dead People


Here's one for the "oh, man, that's sick!" file:
Funeral directors across the country are reporting that many of their younger "clients" are being buried with their cellphones.
Apparently, "people want to surround themselves (or their loved ones) with the things they hold dear" and “a lot of people say the phone represents the person, that it is part of their legacy”.
Often the phone will be left on so that family and friends can call the deceased after he is buried. One funeral director said, “We had a young man die this past summer and they put his cell phone in the casket for the viewing and it rang constantly. It was turned to silent, but you could see the phone light up so you knew people were calling. And they were leaving messages. They knew he was dead, but they were still calling.” One widow continues to pay the cell phone bill 3 years after her husband's death, and even had his cell phone number carved onto his tombstone so others could call him, too.
Other devices that people are reportedly being buried with include Blackberrys, i-Pods, Bluetooth headsets, and Game Boys.
I wonder if there are electrical outlets in Heaven so that people can recharge their electronics.

8 comments:

Frumteacher said...

Oh dear, how sick is that? I find it sad to see how addicted people are to their electronic devices nowadays. I literally have to tear the Ipods, MP3s, cellphones and PSP's away from my students or they won't listen.

tesyaa said...

Probably telemarketers were calling the dead kid. Or (more seriously) people were calling to hear his voice on his voicemail.

ilanadavita said...

Really weird! But then again, thinking about it, I guess my students would probably like to be buried with their phones.

nmf #7 said...

That is just too strange. Are we that addicted to technology??

PepGiraffe said...

The sad part about it is that in two years, the headstone is going to look totally outdated.

SuperRaizy said...

PepGiraffe-
Thank you for stopping by!
I don't think that's a real headstone- it's probably photoshopped.

open the gates said...

I once heard a long, convoluted, and really awful joke around the premise of a woman who had a phone line installed in her coffin in case she wasn't really dead and regained consciousness underground. (Eww!!) The fact that I can't, for the life of me, remember the punchline attests to the awfulness of the joke; however, maybe that's part of the reason for being buried with one's cellphone. Although, for it to be effective, I would imagine the deceased would need to be on a really, really good plan...

frumpunk said...

Isnt there a fax machine by the Rebbes kever? They should update it, install a laptop with an email address (therebbe@770.com).

Actually, you know whats sad? I immediately recognized the phone model they used for that headstone. Its an old Motorola StarTrac, one of the first phones to really take off, as it was tiny and very functional for its day (mid to late 90's.)