#20: I attended my own funeral once. It was an odd thing, really. For the 2003 graduating class of American High, they put on a special program called SLAM. It was to encourage a sober graduation, which happens to be a big DUI night. They staged a party of classmates who were so drunk and needed to go get more alcohol. Then there was me, heading to the airport to visit Cecilie in Utah. I was the stereotypical churchy girl, who would never sip alcohol (turns out their stereotype was right on). While on my way to the airport, we were in an accident with my drunk classmates. We made a video of footage of the party, them in the car, and me in the car. They pronounced me dead in the ambulance, and had my mom and dad there to film their reaction. My parents are not dramatic criers, so the reaction may have been disappointing to others. But I could see the worry in their eyes, that this situation could be a reality they could not plan for.
The next day in the parking lot, they got a makeup artist and some totaled cars. The whole senior class came out to witness the scene, and watch a legit ambulance escort me away. Then everyone involved in the accident stayed the night at the community center where we could not have contact with ANY of our friends or family. The next day, the funeral was in the auditorium. I sat in the back with the kid from the DUI car who also was having a funeral. We watched as they showed pictures from our childhood, as they played the Evanescence song “bring me to life.” Melissa was in town from BYU, so she walked up with Mom, Dad and Grandma Bain to “say a few words.” It was very touching to see my family get emotional over a passing they knew was not realistic. It all felt a little realistic and sad as they had 2 caskets with flowers, and our portraits on display:
After the funeral was over, they had the two of us whose funerals everyone was attending come out from the back room and show us the lesson is real, but the events were not. Interesting experience. I definitely will not ever drink and drive!