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(MSNBC)   Latest funeral trend: Burying loved ones with Blackberrys and iPods, calling the phones during the funeral   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 132
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2008-12-16 12:12:08 PM
Cool. I'm SO going to do that at my next funeral.
 
2008-12-16 12:43:58 PM
"Sorry I am out of the office right now. If you would like the leave a voicemail for heaven please do so after the tone."
 
2008-12-16 12:44:28 PM
GaryPDX: And if you're not really dead, you can wake up and call for help.

Wasn't this an NCIS episode?
 
2008-12-16 12:44:42 PM
Do you really want to give dead people access to phones? Sooner or later they're going to call collect and demand brains on your dime.
 
2008-12-16 12:44:50 PM
 
2008-12-16 12:45:06 PM
haha. put it on speaker phone and then call yelling

"HELP! HELP! SOMEBODY GET ME OUT OF HERE!"
 
2008-12-16 12:45:10 PM
GaryPDX: And if you're not really dead, you can wake up and call for help.

Beat me to it.

(Ring, Ring) Hello? I getting better!
 
2008-12-16 12:45:27 PM
Terrific, now I can't even farking die without a telephone ringing.
 
2008-12-16 12:45:41 PM
I don't care if they die and I hope they burn in Hell!
 
2008-12-16 12:45:49 PM
That's creepy as f*ck.
 
2008-12-16 12:46:02 PM
FTFA: Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear.

Remember me how I lived, as a douchebag.
 
2008-12-16 12:46:21 PM
would they worked underground in a lead lined coffin?
 
2008-12-16 12:46:54 PM
Isn't the plural of Blackberry "Blackberries"?
 
2008-12-16 12:46:55 PM
What the hell - 3400 minutes of roaming charges to a number in Gehenna?
 
2008-12-16 12:47:05 PM
I can see the comfort of burying somebody with their phone instead of pitching it/selling it, since it was with the person all the time, like a security blanket and means of connection with friends and family, but...

"I've seen people leave cell phones on and tell me they're going to call their loved one later," says Vetter. "Not that anyone will answer, but they want to have that connection. I'm sure the family gathers around the phone when they call. They feel connected with that person because it's their phone, but at the same time it helps them realize that a death has occurred."


...that is just morbid and farking creepy.
 
2008-12-16 12:47:11 PM
hardinparamedic: GaryPDX: And if you're not really dead, you can wake up and call for help.

Wasn't this an NCIS episode?


That's STUPID, man!

(he was texting)
 
2008-12-16 12:47:13 PM
Wrath of Heaven: FTFA: Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear.

Remember me how I lived, as a douchebag.


It bears repeating.
 
2008-12-16 12:47:23 PM
Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear

Oh god. Nothing screams "white trash" or "middle manager" like one of those stupid bluetooth headsets.
 
2008-12-16 12:47:46 PM
"Collect call from Hades, will you accept the charges?"
 
2008-12-16 12:47:51 PM
I once worked in a cemetery with a guy who wanted to set up a service to deliver mail to graves.
 
2008-12-16 12:47:52 PM
new text:

BRAINS!
 
2008-12-16 12:48:00 PM
With this and the post-death plastic surgery article, I think we may officially go down as the most superficial society ever to grace the planet.
 
2008-12-16 12:48:02 PM
IXI Jim IXI: hardinparamedic: GaryPDX: And if you're not really dead, you can wake up and call for help.

Wasn't this an NCIS episode?

That's STUPID, man!

(he was texting)


Ducky? Is that you?
 
2008-12-16 12:48:32 PM
AppleOptionEsc: Wrath of Heaven: FTFA: Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear.

Remember me how I lived, as a douchebag.

It bears repeating.


Twice.
 
2008-12-16 12:48:35 PM
Good idea. Now they can call in dead to their employers.
 
2008-12-16 12:48:54 PM
Just what a recently deceased manager needs: The idea that even after death, they're still dealing with important business.

He's not dead, shooter, he's just stuck at ATL waiting to get on a flight to SFO.
 
2008-12-16 12:49:19 PM
Not a back racket. Charging more for graves with decent reception...
 
2008-12-16 12:49:21 PM
Sniper 1: Good idea. Now they can call in dead to their employers.

I'd love to see their Out Of Body autoresponder.
 
2008-12-16 12:49:47 PM
If your cellphone is the object that you hold so dear to you you end up being buried in it, you need help.
 
2008-12-16 12:49:52 PM
Somehow I don't think you'd get many bars from inside a steel box six feet underground. Can you hear me now? Probably not. Of course being dead might be a problem as well.
 
2008-12-16 12:50:09 PM
"Hi, you've reached Greg. I'm still dead and can't answer your call right now but if you leave your name and number and a brief message I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you." *BEEP*
 
2008-12-16 12:50:42 PM
Korangulation: If your cellphone is the object that you hold so dear to you you end up being buried in with it, you need help.

FTFM
 
2008-12-16 12:50:59 PM
th0th: Just what a recently deceased manager needs: The idea that even after death, they're still dealing with important business.

He's not dead, shooter, he's just stuck at ATL waiting to get on a flight to SFO.


Kenny is that you?
 
2008-12-16 12:51:18 PM
Dalton: [answering phone] Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton.

/god would have called collect
 
2008-12-16 12:51:21 PM
So I guess the next step has to be recording a death message while still alive. Then when you die, your family can notify AT&T to change over to your death message. Maybe they'll even give you a free week of service while deceased...
 
2008-12-16 12:51:59 PM
Supposed you called the deceased loved one's phone a few days after the funeral, you know, just to hear their voice on the voice mail intro, and they answered!
 
2008-12-16 12:52:09 PM
We buried my little cousin (17) with a Playstation controller, it was placed there by one of my cousins because they always played video games together. He was also buried in his Boyscout uniform, with a picture of his dog and several other personal items.

With children I haven't heard this being unheard of...

But cell phones? Wow...

/then again, if they lived and died by it...
 
2008-12-16 12:52:09 PM
GaryPDX: And if you're not really dead, you can wake up and call for help.

inrepose.typepad.com
 
2008-12-16 12:52:35 PM
"He's on God's distro list now."

And Blackberry is a proper noun, so it is Blackberrys no matter how stupid it looks.
 
2008-12-16 12:52:48 PM
medius: "Hi, you've reached Greg. I'm still dead and can't answer your call right now but if you leave your name and number and a brief message I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you." *BEEP*

If you could work in some hellfire and tortured souls sound effects in the background, that would be perfect.
 
2008-12-16 12:52:57 PM
What if you could que up the ipod to play "Highway to Hell" right when they're lowering the casket into the ground?
 
2008-12-16 12:53:25 PM
Bondidude: then again, if they lived and died by it...

if it's embedded in their skull after they rolled the 4runner?
 
2008-12-16 12:54:01 PM
Does it come with a Don't Fear The Reaper ringtone?
 
2008-12-16 12:54:27 PM
Ed Finnerty: If you could work in some hellfire and tortured souls sound effects in the background, that would be perfect.

Hey, why do you assume I'm going to the bad place?

Oh yeah, I am a Farker.
 
2008-12-16 12:55:08 PM
how long until a bored undertaker removes the phone, then when the family ring it, answers it...

Might get some more business scaring someone to death
 
2008-12-16 12:55:27 PM
Believe it? or not!!

wheres that old jack palance episode when you need it.
 
2008-12-16 12:55:33 PM
The_Sponge: Count Carl von Cosel approves. (new window)

Holy shiat! That is the farking creepiest thing I have ever read. Thanks Sponge, no lunch for me today.

/seriously, I think we just found David Fincher's next movie.
 
2008-12-16 12:57:42 PM
If that ever happens at a funeral I am attending, I am so going to steal the phone out of the casket then answer it when it rings.
 
2008-12-16 12:57:47 PM
Uh, I meant "bad racket." No, preview is no friend of mine.
 
2008-12-16 12:58:14 PM
That coward David Lopan

nah, hell's bells would be better..especially in a great big cathedral...
 
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