I was talking about this to my wife today. Why don't we do "living funerals" for those who are terminal, but still able to talk to, and listen to their friends/loved ones? Of course, living funeral is a pretty harsh term.. but why not show people we care while they have the capability of hearing it???? all the pomp and circumstance over a body in a casket, but IMO, it would be so much better to talk to that person while alive, and say what you need to say, then. In the scenarios where that's possible, of course. People might think that's morbid.. but I think funerals are morbid, and usually preachy, in my area. I had two aunts die in their 50s and 60s in the last calendar year, and another (on the other side of my family) has late-stage cancer in her 50s. Both of those funerals turned into an extended grandstanding session from the preacher, versus honoring my aunts' lives. If I had a choice, I'd prefer not to have one for myself. Just throw a party in some bingo hall, or something. Have some people say a few speeches, whatever. I'll be dead, I won't care.. Or i'll be flying through some psychedelic afterlife scenario.. and I also won't care.