It’s not that I’m afraid to die; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. ~ Woody Allen
Whether you believe in ghosts or no, the beloved spirits of those who have passed to the other side of the side of the sod always linger in the memory of the living. Patent # US 6854165, also known by those not ashamed to refer to it as the Combination Lawn/ Garden Ornament and Cremation Container, represents a unique method of memorializing a deceased person who once enjoyed the outdoors. It is a lawn or garden (if you prefer that word) sculpture composed of a pedestal and an ornament mounted on its top. The ornament is an urn containing the cremated remains of the former outdoor enthusiast.
It is rumored (although not formally acknowledged) that the sculpture should be placed most fittingly on the lawn of the deceased. Perhaps it secretly knows where it belongs even if the rest of the world would disagree? The inventor patented this revolutionary idea in 2005, thinking he or she would be the first on his or her block to have such a thing (and thankfully was probably right).
Consider some other ideas inventors have developed on the unpleasant topic of burial and remains. Don’t miss Gloria Campos’ witty piece entitled: “8 Environmentally Friendly Burial Alternatives.. or 8 Options to the Boring Old Coffin” and Thomas A. Parmalee’s amusing, “Coffin Couches Take Resting to New Levels.”
Whatever you do, try not to die. That way, your relatives won’t ever be tempted to remember you in this manner!