Death can be hard to come to terms with for anyone. However, when Garrett Matthias was diagnosed with cancer in the womb, his parents knew that they would have to talk to him about it. But, they didn’t realise he would end up writing his own obituary.
As he grew older, he began to understand his own mortality. As heartbreaking as it is, Garrett kept positive and most importantly held on to his sense of humor. He hated his treatments at the hospital but cracked jokes to the doctors and nurses. He would always leave with a “see ya later, alligator”.
Unfortunately, doctors eventually diagnosed his cancer as terminal, and Garrett’s parents talked to him about it. They were very careful, but he was understanding.
When he passed, they found his list of favorite things, as well as a couple of special requests for his funeral.
“My favorite color is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green.
“My favorite superhero is: Batman… and Thor.
“When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!
“Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla.
“Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones.”
His parents agreed that a funeral would be too sad, so arranged a party as he described. They hoped it would help teach his friends about cancer, too. There were snow cones, face painting, five bouncy castles, and even a Norse burial like he asked in his obituary.
They also had a small private ceremony at another time.
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