Who can forget the legendary American TV show host, Mervyn Griffin? One of the most iconic American TV personalities of the 60s and 70s, Merv Griffin was known for his catchphrases and trademark mannerisms. And one of them, which is kind of obvious for a TV show host, was, “We will be right back after this message.”
This is why his headstone couldn’t be more fitting – even in death, Merv managed to make people laugh while pulling on their heartstrings. Also, it’s quite hilarious that they decided to underline the word ‘NOT,’ just in case anybody had any doubts.
The Big Sleep
This woman must have been either perpetually tired or a big fan of naps to have this message written on her headstone. Maybe she liked to say this whenever one of her family members tried to interrupt her precious sleep time, and they decided to immortalize the sentiment on her grave.
People often say, “I'll sleep when I'm dead,” and death is sometimes referred to as “The Big Sleep.” Seems like Joan was happy to finally have some uninterrupted shuteye, and anyone who tried to interfere with that was simply not welcome.
Funny in Both Life and Death
For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Leslie Nielsen was a well-known Canadian actor and comedian who appeared in movie parodies like "The Naked Gun" series and "Airplane!" He also starred in the television show "Police Squad!" He was famous on set and off for his practical jokes and often carried a hand-controlled fart machine around.
Nielsen passed away in his sleep in 2010 after battling pneumonia. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale. He left one final joke on his headstone for people to remember him by, simply stating, “Let ‘er rip.”
Sad but True
There are a lot of unpleasant realities about death that we don’t like to think about. For example, we are going to be inside a wooden box, six feet underground, covered in dirt. That really is the darkest place anyone can imagine being in.
This person may have feared the final darkness, of the physical and the metaphysical kind. It’s nice that they are using humor as a way of dealing with their fears. Plus, putting the whole thing in quotes as if they were speaking from beyond the grave is both funny and thought-provoking for whoever happens to pass by.
No Room for Error
It’s not easy to find the perfect words to capture everything you feel when a loved one passes away. Some people may find it overwhelming, especially in their time of grief, and are searching for something simple and to the point.
There is no room for error with this one-word design, and while the meaning is crystal clear, the headstone is actually quite unique. The modern cement-style stone, with the funky letter carvings, ends up telling visitors a lot about the deceased and what they liked. Seems like this family didn’t need much text to get their message across.