Death is a thank you

Charles Cowling



From the New Zealand Herald:

Greytown’s Mary Wait likes to be prepared for her adventures – death included. The 85-year-old has hand-painted her own coffin.

Mary bought the coffin from a funeral director and painted it in 1994, although she was not expecting to die any time soon.

“I think a funeral is a way of saying thank you, death is a thank you for having lived,” Mary said.

The coffin features a young woman, a self-portrait if you have got a good imagination, Mary said, holding a cup and communion wafer, a nod to her Catholic heritage. It also features the messages “Please, please release me” and “I will love to go out to a tune of my own.”

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That quote really resonates with me. I love it.


Hats off to Mary Wait – what a beautiful lady! Thank you for this story and the quote- ‘ death is a thank you for having lived’