Hello, I’m Dead. Please Leave a Message.

cell-phone-burialsThink it’s tough to keep up with e-mails, text messages, and voicemails now? Just wait until you’re dead.

Being six feet under is no longer a good enough reason to leave your phone behind, it seems. The latest trend — who knew there even were trends in death? — is electing to be buried with your cell phone at your side. No more excuses for not returning my call, buddy.

The odd request is becoming increasingly common, MSNBC reports. People are going under with phones, BlackBerrys, and Game Boys alongside them. One person even asked to be placed in the casket with his Bluetooth earpiece attached. For Christ’s sake, isn’t there anywhere left where you can avoid those damn things?

But wait — this trend gets even more morose. Some people are actually continuing to pay their loved ones’ cell phone bills after their deaths so that others can “call” them. One woman has been doing it for three years now.

Technology transforms our lives in plenty of great ways. I have to wonder, though, if this is one of them. Am I alone in finding the whole thing more creepy than comforting? Shouldn’t the electronic connection cease to exist once your heartbeat does?

Maybe I’m just too old-fashioned.

Disclosure: The author of this story died 34 years ago.