There are the dead king and the skull of the court jester in "Hamlet."
In the "Law & Order" franchise, producer Dick Wolf continually had bodies being dug up.
Amid the world of wealth, power, and influence of Manhattan, corpses are showcased at Frank E. Campbell funeral home. There, the bodies Fred Trump (yes, the U.S. President's father). Jackie Kennedy, and Walter Cronkite were featured. But, not everyone can make the cut. Not even equity partners in the Manhattan offices of BigLaw.
Given the dramatic possibility associated with a human being's last appearance on earth, partners might consider stage crafting their own wakes. That could cement a legacy.
For example, communications expert and university professor Mark Misercola and I blocked out this idea for how he would be remembered. A collector of and blogger about classic cars, Dead Mark would be laid out in his favorite one.
Or, his family could rent for the viewing a roadster from the gilded age he longed to make his own but could not afford. I would opt for the motor car Matthew Crawley crashed in "Downton Abbey."
The corpse in the car would be the visual scripting of how Live Mark enjoyed the engineering, external design, interior, and ride of the vehicles of times past. In Connecticut Live Mark shares that with other classic car collectors. And, through his blog and social networks that unique kind of pleasure globally.
At the viewing, which could be in a suburban garage, those paying their respects can retrieve tales about cars no longer with us. But which embedded so much meaning. Live Mark especially welcomes stories of how immigrants to the U.S. made a car their first purchase. Always, they were out there waxing the car and cleaning the interior. The pride radiated to the whole family during the Sunday drive.
It would enhance life now for others to join Live Mark in strategically staging their wakes.
If you lack the courage and imagination, sure, I can parachute in and assist. That is included in my services.
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