(Warning...they let me off my leash again...)
I’ve been getting an awful lot of sales calls from funeral parlors lately, and frankly, it’s starting to worry me. Granted I’ve been missing a little sleep, but do I really look like I’m ready for the harp and wings? (Okay, fire and pokers.)
What’s happening out there in the Underworld these days? Who came up with this PAY NOW-DIE LATER thing?
I’m quite familiar with payment plans. In fact, you could call me hell on wheels with a credit card. I have perfected the fast draw. And years of experience have taught me that you can buy a perfectly good dress now, and not have to pay for it until it is out of style.
But I have to question this whole prepaid funeral thing. Just why the heck should I pay in advance for something I don’t even want?
All I know is, someone has done a killer <sic> marketing job. And it’s only the beginning. Next thing you know, they’ll be doing your colours beforehand. Or – wait for it – for those who want to look their best on the way out – liposuction! “Let yourself go a bit over the years? Pre-purchase our after-market body-shaping plan, and let us take a little off the sides…or maybe add a little here and here…”
The fashion industry won’t be far behind. I can see a side-business dealing in up to the minute stylish clothes that make you look good lying down.
In fact, they could have a phone-in service for people who want to switch their final fashion choice with the season. Perhaps little tear-off strips attached to your license where you can pencil in your latest choice: “Please bury me in the royal blue strapless, first drawer on the left…”
And it doesn’t end there. One telephone salesperson wanted to know if I preferred a forest or lake view, sunny or shady final resting spot. I can see it now:
“The Sun Lover’s Plan – Finally, all the sun you want with no fear of UV”
For those men who want their wives to visit often, they’ll come up with special burial sites next door to major shopping malls. And certain women I know may elect to be ‘located’ around the seventeenth tee.
There’s a lot of potential still left in this industry, and I’ve come up my own sales gimmick. You only pay a small deposit for your ‘deposit,’ and you don’t claim it until you need it. It’s called the “Layaway” plan.
Melodie Campbell writes funny books including the award-winning The Goddaughter's Revenge, available at most stores and online retailers. They come with a 'pee before you read this' warning.