Five-year-old Garrett Matthias penned the most humorous obituary.
Five year-old Garrett Matthias died earlier this month after a short battle with cancer. He, nevertheless, left behind a legacy of humor and fun that made him a national sensation.
Garrett, who lived in Urbandale, Iowa, was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer that affected his temporal bone and cranial nerve. The boy was given the necessary treatment but to no avail—the cancer has taken its course.
The parents decided to help their son write his own obituary and so they took the time to ask the boy some questions about his life and what he wanted for his funeral. The obituary—which has now gone viral—is full of humor and wisdom that we can take an impending death as an opportunity to enjoy the remaining days of our lives.
To start with, Garrett used the pseudonym “The Great Garrett Underpants” to identify himself, telling his parents that his favorite people in the world were his family members and Batman. He also liked “playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port.”
Asked what he didn’t like? “Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, and needles,” he said.
He already knew that he was dying and so when asked what he would do after he passes away, he quipped: “I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!”
He added that he wanted 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.”
Garrett knew that “funerals are sad,” so he told his parents to celebrate when he’s gone! He was specific when he said that he wanted snowcones, 5 bouncy castles – representing a year in his life – and an appearance from Batman.
To end the interview, his final remark for a short but meaningful life was: “See ya later, suckas!”
During his funeral, the saddened parents granted their son’s request– and they were glad about it.
The Matthias family scrapped the usual, gloomy ceremonies often associated with funeral services, but instead invited relatives and friends for Garrett’s “Celebration of Life,” complete with superhero appearances, snowcones, fireworks, face painting, and a symbolic Asgardian viking funeral with flaming arrows.
“A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area,” the family wrote.
Now, that’s fun!