According to funeral industry experts more and more people want to have the last word — on their tombstone! And these epitaphs are scattered across the country.

In the graveyard at Salmon, B.C., “This wasn’t my idea.” In Saskatoon, “I’d rather be in Boston watching the Red Sox.” In Manitoba, a widely cited epitaph, “I told you I was sick.” One expert on epitaphs says “A forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death.”

My own? When I was hosting a radio call-in show in Montreal, I wanted to project the idea that things were hopping. So I gradually developed the signature phrase, “The lines are blazing,” which I think would do nicely as my epitaph.

What about yours? Try one. Or write one for another person. Or write a funny one.

Missed you all in Vegas where I picked up some tips on making a better blog. Neil



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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    “Where have I gone to now?”
    Welcome back Neil. Hope you did not go broke at the casinos!!!

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    “This is not where I expected to be” might also do it.

    No time for gambling. Too busy with widgets, tags, links, span and RSS feeds. Now I have to try to digest it all.

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    Chimera Says:

    “Where am I going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?”

    Not original, alas, but I’m in the middle of a book of short humor pieces, and one of the articles is about unusual epitaphs.

    I rather like yours, Neil. Although, considering your background, it might very well lead any of your surviving philosophical opponents to believe that they have been vindicated…

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    How about “It seemed like a good idea at the time!”?

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    Looking forward to all your improvements! Hope you learned a lot. Still haven’t figured out what a widget is and I am supposed to use one every day! Good luck!

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    Indeed I think, “It seemed like a good idea at the time” is very good. Am not sue what a widget is myself.

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    bernie12 Says:


    Jim Clarke and I exchanged epitaphs as we bussed through Costa Rica and Panama 3 yrars ago On a Horizons Awareness Tour . The one I did for myself :
    He thought he was doing good .

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    Excellent, Tim. From what I know of Horizons etc. I would leave out “though he”.

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