Caleb Wilde

Caleb Wilde

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I'm a sixth generation funeral director. I have a grad degree in Missional Theology and a Certification in Thanatology.

And I like to read and write.

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17 Inspiring Death Quotes

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11 More WTF Things that Have Happened at a Funeral

These stories are sourced from the Reddit community (strong language warning):

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To read more WTF funeral stories click HERE.

10 Things I Found on the Internet This Week

One.  This tidbit from Top 10 Strangest Deaths in Royal History.   

William the Conqueror was born ‘William the Bastard’, and that’s how he went out.

His death was relatively normal by medieval standards – falling off his horse – but it’s what happened afterwards that got him on this list.

The balmy weather had bloated William’s body to the point where it wouldn’t fit in the sarcophagus. A group of bishops tried forcing him into it, and… you’ve seen that Monty Python sketch with the fat guy, Mr Creosote, pigging out in the restaurant? Yeah…

William’s abdomen ruptured, causing a medieval-strength fart explosion so strong, scholars of the time thought it worthy of writing down.

Two.  I like Ray Lewis as a football player.  As a person, it seems he has a very short memory.


Three.  A layered cake of irony.tJYfNDbFour.  This might be the best Memorial Card photo ever.  kPtCnP4

Six.  This sad article:

Volunteers Burn Nepal’s Unclaimed Bodies as Death Toll Rises

Seven.  Via Imgur:

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Eight.  Caitlin Doughty’s message continues to distend.  I’m excited for this project:

Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Developing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ Series

Nine.  It’s spring.  Time to break out the party box.  CD7LOB8UkAAaIqy 10.  Evidence that Zombies were once civilized.  CDx3XVwWoAAzB8h

24 Year Old with Terminal Cancer Shares What’s “Really Important”

This post was submitted to Reddit by user MyLastTie

I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

  • Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
  • It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.
  • Take control of your life Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.
  • Appreciate the people around you Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

Thank you!

The Pain of Nursing Home Placement

Maybe it’s shame

Maybe it’s fear

Maybe it’s acknowledgement

That the end is near.


Maybe it’s the halls

The impersonal room

That looks and feels

Like a living tomb.


Maybe it’s the money

$500 a day

Eating retirement

And inheritance away.


Maybe it’s the crowd

Of lonely souls

Who have death

As their only goal.


Maybe it’s hurt

And maybe it’s the pain

That she doesn’t even

Remember your name.


Maybe it’s the smell

Of those dying

That permeates the rooms

Of those left lying


In beds so cold

While TVs fill

The hours and minutes

They’re trying to kill.


Maybe it’s the inadequacy

You feel inside

That she cared for you

And now you can’t provide


She birthed you

And nursed you

But you can’t reciprocate

And see this through.


You tell yourself

“The staff is great”

And it’s true

There’s no debate.


“This is for the best”

You have to say

Again it’s true

But it feels so grey.


It’s hard and painful

And pricks the guilt syndrome

When you put a loved one

In a nursing home.

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