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
@Azania_ With this funeral thingy,watch black people having many of them..There will be a CPT leg,JHB leg,DBN leg ...Person will die 4 times— mpumza (@mpumzaa) August 4, 2017
Nooo! people are rarely honest at funerals. There's no way to ever truly know what someone thinks of you. Just accept— Yolanda 🇿🇦 (@_yoyoyoli) August 4, 2017
What about the costs? Having a living funeral and a burial would be so costly..especially to us blacks who spend a lot on funerals @Azania_— bLaCkBiRd🐔💕 (@Thorrisho) August 4, 2017
Watch: This woman hosted her own living funeral
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