The growing trend of hosting a "living funeral"

A living funeral, also called a pre-funeral, is a funeral held for a living person.

After he was given 12 to 18 months to live, retired Brandeis sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, held a memorial service for himself so he could hear friends tell him what he meant to them while he was still alive.

Often, living funerals are hosted by the terminally ill.

My mom held one, she had cancer. The doctor had given her about a month to live. She held her own memorial service, it was a lovely event and three weeks later she died.

Roger, caller

I have attended one and i would encourage everyone to do it. It is a good way to let a person know what impact they had in your life. I would do it anyday.

Vivian, caller

Watch: This woman hosted her own living funeral

Listen to the open line conversation in the clip below:


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