Dealing with a good number of medical/health issues, I thought it wise to say my “goodbyes” while I can. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not terminal and may live for years! Then again… well, I’d like to make my wishes clear NOW!
At this moment (date of release), I am 70 and (except for the tragedy I caused my good friend Scott Smith and his loved ones) I have lived a very fortunate life. I’d like to exit in an atypical way, with my funeral open only to immediate family, posed with a smile on my face, with the event viewed as a celebration.
Spread my ashes over the grave of my wonderful parents, Marvin G. Luttrell (WWII veteran and Divisional boxing champ, Selfridge AAFB, MI, never cut, nor knocked down), and Claudia H. Howard-Luttrell (Class leader – but dropped-out in 8th-grade to care for siblings when her mother died) in Cheshire Center – Lindsley Cemetery (Allegan, MI). Attendees may retain a teaspoon of ashes. Please keep the time at grave-side to one (1) hour, with those in attendance informally sharing recollections about my life. No formal eulogy, please!
My objective is to minimize funeral costs, travel expense and burden, and the obligation some may feel to attend funeral ceremonies… when they’d rather be elsewhere ;). I want to be cremated in the least expensive container required by law (a pine box?).
If you are interested in “digitizing” YOUR moments, contact www.everpresentonline.com. There is so much I wanted to know about my parents and grandparents, so I hope those of you who knew me will share your thoughts and memories generously for my kids, grands, and future kin… in a sort of “living” tombstone/obituary. And please be honest… include the bad, the good, the happy, and the sad.
And, since those who know me seem to be dwindling rather quickly, don’t wait… send your thoughts now. Everybody wonders what people might have wanted to say to them AFTER they’re gone; I’d like to cheat a bit. Of course, you CAN wait until after the departure date (DoD) is added. Think about it; this may start a new trend!