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    Bury me with my cell phone

    Ok, not me... but apparently some people. what is WRONG with people?!
    “A lot of people say the phone represents the person, that it is part of their legacy,” says Potvin of Hollywood Forever. “It’s an extension of them, like their class ring.”
    “I’ve seen family members place iPod earphones on the decedent and play songs as the casket closed,” says Pam Vetter, a Los Angeles funeral planner who helps create more personalized services for families.
    When Manhattan criminal defense attorney John Jacobs died in 2005, his wife, Marion Seltzer, not only buried him with his phone and a fully charged battery, she continues to pay the monthly phone bill and even calls him on occasion (since the battery’s now dead, the calls immediately go into Jacobs’ voicemail).

    She also had his cell phone number carved onto his headstone so others can call him, too,
    “Some people will call the deceased just as they’re lowering the coffin into the ground,” he says. “It’ll be prearranged and you’ll hear a faint ring. It’s like the new version of ‘Taps’ for people who are identified as being on the phone all the time.”

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    I agree

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    If anyone puts a cell phone in my casket, I'm gonna come back and haunt their ass.

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    You know, there isn't supposed to be any radiation hazard to the brains of those who use their cell phones constantly. I'm beginning to think otherwise.
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    Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
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    Yeah, I'm actually pretty offended by this whole concept- in particular, likening cell phone rings to TAPS. NO cell phones in my grave, that's for sure!!
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
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    so if you are buried with a cell phone, does it become a land line?
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    That's such a bad idea...caskets are notorious dead zones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    so if you are buried with a cell phone, does it become a land line?
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    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    You know, there isn't supposed to be any radiation hazard to the brains of those who use their cell phones constantly. I'm beginning to think otherwise.
    There has always been a hazard and always will be. They have just stopped talking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    Yeah, I'm actually pretty offended by this whole concept- in particular, likening cell phone rings to TAPS. NO cell phones in my grave, that's for sure!!
    You pick some strange **** to get offended by. What the hell business is it of yours how other people mourn the deaths of loved ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    You know, there isn't supposed to be any radiation hazard to the brains of those who use their cell phones constantly. I'm beginning to think otherwise.
    So, to you, a woman who is grieving the loss of her husband in a non-traditional way is brain damaged?

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    I'm a Luddite, bury me w/ two tin cans and a string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    So, to you, a woman who is grieving the loss of her husband in a non-traditional way is brain damaged?
    Anyone who puts a cell phone in a casket and expects their call to be answered is not all there.

    Let's not turn this thread into something nasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    So, to you, a woman who is grieving the loss of her husband in a non-traditional way is brain damaged?
    Are you saying they're not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Anyone who puts a cell phone in a casket and expects their call to be answered is not all there.

    Let's not turn this thread into something nasty.
    Where'd you pull that one from? Nobody mentions anywhere in the article that they expect the call to be answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    You pick some strange **** to get offended by. What the hell business is it of yours how other people mourn the deaths of loved ones?
    I recently lost my dad, a Navy and Vietnam vet- we had a service with proper military funeral honors. All considered, I do find it offensive to liken a cell phone ring to the prestige of Taps.
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    I recently lost my dad, a Navy and Vietnam vet- we had a service with proper military funeral honors. All considered, I do find it offensive to liken a cell phone ring to the prestige of Taps.
    I'm sorry for your loss.

    You can't reasonably expect anyone raised outside of military tradition, or any tradition for that matter, to fully understand the importance of certain ceremonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    Where'd you pull that one from? Nobody mentions anywhere in the article that they expect the call to be answered.
    Kila, my father passed away earlier this year. He was also in the military. I just find the whole concept of cell phones in the casket abhorrent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Kila, my father passed away earlier this year. He was also in the military. I just find the whole concept of cell phones in the casket abhorrent.
    I'm sorry to hear that your father passed away, too.

    How is the cellphone different than burying someone in their favorite suit? An ex-coworker had to bury his son. He placed the football they used to toss around in the casket. Is that abhorrent, too? Tell me, what is so awful about friends and family being able to call and hear the person's voice, even if it's only a 3 second long voice mail recording? People do a lot of odd **** when grieving.

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    “I’ve seen family members place iPod earphones on the decedent and play songs as the casket closed,” says Pam Vetter, a Los Angeles funeral planner who helps create more personalized services for families.
    Hmm, I seem to recall a conversation I had once about casket music—being buried with the music we want to take with us to eternity. I'm OK with the iPod thing; the cell phone thing is funny, but whatever brings comfort to the living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
    There has always been a hazard and always will be. They have just stopped talking about it.
    'xactly...wait a generation...it ain't gonna be pretty, methinks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    I'm sorry to hear that your father passed away, too.

    How is the cellphone different than burying someone in their favorite suit? An ex-coworker had to bury his son. He placed the football they used to toss around in the casket. Is that abhorrent, too? Tell me, what is so awful about friends and family being able to call and hear the person's voice, even if it's only a 3 second long voice mail recording? People do a lot of odd **** when grieving.
    My original reply was sarcastic, perhaps that was not the best move.

    I'm not going to turn this thread into something from P&R. You are bringing up a very sore subject for me so I'm not going to take the bait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    How is the cellphone different than burying someone in their favorite suit?
    I'm with kila! kila! kila! I'm fine with the OP, but my response is that people are colorful and make the world interesting. We may have an initial negative reaction to something strange, but I'm glad people are so weird. The only people we should really be offended by are those who hurt others.

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    I think the idea of being so attached to a phone is absurd, especially since these people are the ones most likely to constantly want the latest phone. That said, a phone is a connection to someone, and I know that when my cousin died in a tragic accident a few years ago, some of his friends used to call his phone just to hear his voice (on the voicemail message) every once in a while until his phone service was finally disconnected.
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