Your Funeral

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Your Funeral

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:13 am



Have you ever wanted to attend your own funeral? Or do you want to honor a close, living friend by hosting a funeral for them? Ever wondered what it would be like to lay in a casket while your loved ones pine about how awesome or lame you were? Is it your fantasy to have a crowd of people singing Danny Boy on your behalf? We’re giving you the opportunity to experience Your Funeral at Burning Man 2012!

Sign up now to have your funeral on the open playa, complete with accoutrements specific to your selection of ceremony. Do you want The Traditional Catholic? The Irish Wake? The Cremation? The Viking? You’ll have a variety of options when you request a hosted funeral. Register to start a dialogue so that we can attend to your last wishes. Remembered souls will be invited to leave a symbol of their death/rebirth in the casket on Friday night for a group cremation.
And our deepest condolences for your passing.

Full disclosure - this is not my art project. The artist, our very own Jonesy Jones (who runs the San Francisco regional group, wrangles Center Camp, and wears a number of other awesome hats) is running around like a madman trying to get his camp, center camp, and this art piece put together. With his kind permission, I'm posting about it here to spread the word. They are seeking donations (more info here), being done through paypal though there are some thank-you's for donations at different levels. If you've got questions about the project, you can contact Jonesy on FB.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby dj_john69 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:12 pm

kinda creepy
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby TomServo » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:28 pm

My Funeral might be illegal...
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby trilobyte » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:33 pm

Haha TomServo, love it!

Seems campy and fun to me, then in talking to Jonesy he said he's had a lot of interest from people who wanted to do something a little more serious. I can imagine that anyone facing a serious illness (or who's survived something harrowing) might want to get together with friends for something like this. I like that he'll play it however way you like.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby TomServo » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:21 pm

with the exception of the nuclear explosion, that's seriously how I want to be sent off. Ask anyone whos known me for 10 years
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby trilobyte » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:32 pm

I've always been partial to having my carcass launched into the sun. That's probably not all that feasible or likely, but a guy can dream...
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:35 pm

You'll have to settle for the Hunter S. Thompson...
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby Eric » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:58 pm

Man, and people look at me weird when I tell them I just want my body wrapped in some cotton sheets & tossed in a hole in the ground. Ashes to ashes and all that, skip the chemicals (that aren't already in my body) thanks...
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby jkisha » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:35 pm

Not me.im going to be cremated and made into diamonds.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby ygmir » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:12 pm

or sent to the Genesis planet........
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby FlyingMonkey » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:35 am

My plan is to be embalmed with tequila & cremated. No funeral, just a big gathering of friends & family. They can enjoy what’s left of my homemade beer & wine. That's if I am considerate enough to leave any.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:17 pm

Then they could drink the tequila, and for the rest of their lives, the ones with the most insecurity could tell a story whenever eating the worm came up.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby knowmad » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:41 pm

LOUDER AND SADDER! ~Bender

no seriously...
I'd like to have my ashes mixed with the latex they use to make dildos with.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby FlyingMonkey » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:52 am

knowmad wrote:LOUDER AND SADDER! ~Bender

no seriously...
I'd like to have my ashes mixed with the latex they use to make dildos with.


You could have the priest hand them out to everyone as they leave the funeral. That would be a funeral that no one would likely forget. Have "In loving memory of Knowmad" in raised bumpy letters down the side of each one.
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Re: Your Funeral

Postby VultureChow » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:22 am

Shark Feed.

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Re: Your Funeral

Postby trilobyte » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:56 am

As funeral themes go, I think they've got some fun ones lined up. Viking funeral, egyptian (though I don't imagine anyone will try jamming hooks up your nose or anything). I'm not interested in getting my own funeral, but will probably swing by their camp a couple times as I pass through the neighborhood.
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