Sign of the times: Bury me with my Blackberry

It makes sense that some people would want to be buried with their cell phones and Blackberries. We take them everywhere else. Why not the grave?

It's been reported that several cemeteries are noticing an uptick in requests to bury a loved one with their cell phone. It may sound crazy to a lot of you reading this, but it makes perfect sense to me. The iPhone's still pretty expensive. I suppose some people who check out early might feel that they're entitled to buck common knowledge and see if they can take it with them.

Or maybe it's simply a modern-day twist on the old yarn, "He who dies with the most toys, wins." Guess these folks are literally taking their toys and going home.

And as long as the monthly plan is canceled, there's really no harm to burying a cell phone with a loved one, although maybe there's some environmental no-no to burying a Blackberry or iPhone.

But, of course, mostly, it seems to be a way of helping people cope with grief, a way to stay in touch with their loved ones.

According to MSNBC, a British survey of 100,000 people, found that cell phones ranked second as the item most desirable to be buried with -- Fido's ashes came in first. And before you laugh, it's actually been done. One woman buried her husband with his phone, kept up the monthly service, and had his phone number inscribed on the headstone, so anyone who wanted to keep in touch, uh, could at least leave a message...

And we can all shake our heads and chuckle or roll our eyes, but if it becomes possible to make a phone call when you're dead and buried -- I'm sure Google is working on something like that -- these people are going to have the last laugh.
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