December 16, 2008

Bury me with my cell phone

six-feet-under.jpg According to MSNBC, dying doesn’t mean hanging it up for some mobile aficionados.

quotemarksright.jpg"It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them,” says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. “It’s a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.”

Anecdotal evidence suggests being buried with a favorite tech device is on the upswing. The Future Laboratory, a London-based think tank, has commented on the behavior, noting it in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. But experts are seeing it happen in the United States as well.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related articles on mobile phones and death rituals:

-- Handsets get taken to the grave

-- The "Phone Angel"

-- Japan's camera phone craze spreads to funerals

-- The cellphone gravestone

-- In Ghana, you can take your Nokia with you

-- Dead people in Slovakia are buried with their mobile phones

-- Irish are taking their cell phones with them to the grave

-- Mobile phone started ringing inside coffin

-- The dead going “hi-tech” in Vietnam

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