It’s impossible to imagine the pain of losing a child, especially a one as young as five. But a couple of parents are doing their best to soldier through by honoring their beloved son’s last wishes, and bright personality, by publishing the obituary he wrote for himself.
Garrett Matthias passed away earlier this month at the unfathomably young age of five, thanks to the scourge of cancer. But before he died, he asked his parents for help writing his obituary, and the result was a few paragraphs that captured his spirit, and urged people to have fun during the years they have left.
Setting aside what must have been a mountain of grief and pain at their son’s impending death, Garrett’s parents sat down with the boy and asked him questions to help sculpt the notice that would be presented in the local paper when he passed away. Teh resulting obituary has gained national attention for the innocent wisdom Garrett put forth, and for the engaging sense of humor he clearly had, even in his final days.
The obituary begins with Garrett Introducing himself as “The Great Garrett Underpants,” something many of us can no doubt imagine our own five-year-olds doing! He proceeds to list his favorite colors and favorite superheroes, even listing what he wants to be when he grows up, which couldn’t have been easy for his parents to write down.
The funny little boy goes on to include Garrett’s disclosure of his favorite people, and how he’d like his remains to be handled, and what he plans to do when he’s gone. Like most young boys, he not only finds underpants funny, but also poop.
When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!
Burned or Buried: I want 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.
He even makes sure to request that his funeral not be sad, and to incude bouncy houses and treats so that visitors can have fun.
Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones”
Garrett’s clearly loving parents concluded their son’s obituary with details of his ceremony, where donations could be made, and some information on exactly what their beloved son endured, and how he handled it all with his abundant sense of humor.
Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator’:
See ya later, suckas! – The Great Garrett Underpants
Rest in peace, Garrett.