Looking Good On The Final Day

Posted: 12/16/2008 by that's Elbert in society
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This story is a week old but I’m still marveling at this. A story on MSNBC reports that people are requesting some cosmetic work performed after they have went on to their eternal reward. To be clear, it’s more than just the usual touch up and peaceful look. According to the article, the requests involve “smoothing lines, plumping lips and even boosting sagging parts” for the last big day on earth:

“People used to say, just throw me in a pine box and bury me in the back yard,” says Mark Duffey, president and CEO of Everest Funeral, a national funeral planning and concierge service. “But that’s all changing. Now people want to be remembered. A funeral is their last major event and they want to look good for it. I’ve even had people say, ‘I want you to get rid of my wrinkles and make me look younger’.”

We really are a vain bunch in America, are we not? For the sake of full disclosure, I have said publicly that if my hair starts going gray, it will be colored. That might be as vain as I will get. Good grief, I couldn’t afford to have all that cosmetic stuff done anyway. Would anyone agree that outside of the normal services done at funerals (termed by the industry as “restorative art”), what is the point of all this additional work?

The full article is here.

  1. Uncle Paul says:

    This is too creepy. It was bad enough knowing they use make up on you anyway. With that in mind, my luck is that the funeral director would be a former employee of Ringling Brothers.

    To keep a distance between me and “restorative art”, I’ve already signed up for a discount funeral plan: After all the crying, the lawyer’s readings, and the praying, the funeral director ties my feet to a ground hog, and then fires a starting pistol! Good bye cruel world!