My Death

On my old website, I wrote a piece called, If This Thing Should Kill Me, concerning the possibility of my death at the beginning of COVID-19. A year and a half has passed and I’m still alive. Here’s a new, much shorter version of my old piece with some simple instructions of what to do if I should die today.

  1. Cremate me. It’s easier. And why should it matter if I’m already dead?
  2. Put me in a simple box-shaped urn, maybe pine. Perhaps, I’ll have bought one before my time. If not, look it up, they make ‘em.
  3. Put my little box in its place, in the columbarium at Osborne Memorial Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri where my firstborn daughter, Angel Hope, is buried.
  4. Save a few of my ashes. Throw a few in the ocean, a few in the prairie, and a few in some of the other places that I loved. Your choice.
  5. Divvy up my money and stuff based on my living will and last testament.
  6. Have a party if you want. Maybe, play John Lennon’s Imagine, and then a bunch of old raucous and upbeat blues numbers.

That’s it. Pretty simple.

I know people don’t like to talk about death. Tough. I have no problem with death as it’s all part of life’s journey. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.