Poll: Most Want to Put More Fun in Funerals

Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 04:37 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Americans want their funerals to be more fun and less morose, a new survey reveals.

In a poll conducted by 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair about views on morality, only 11 percent of Americans believe their funeral should be held "with solemn reflection."

A whopping 84 percent say they want to go out "with laughter, food and drink."

Americans are also not excited about being brought back to life in the future through cryonic preservation, in which the body is frozen until it can be resuscitated through advanced medical science.

Even if the procedure were free, just 24 percent of Americans said they would do it. But 74 percent ruled out the controversial practice, which Walt Disney and baseball great Ted Williams signed up for.

And asked about which deceased celebrity they would most like to bring back, 35 percent opted for Princess Diana, while 14 percent chose Steve Jobs.

Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston each took 11 percent, actor Heath Ledger scored 9 percent, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, 6 percent, and “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, 3 percent.


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