In the 60's, Kurt Vonnegut published the story called "Cat's Cradle". In this fictitious world, Kurt invents a religion called Bokonism. At one point in the story, there is the death ceremony. I found this extremely moving when I first read it and I still find it very moving. It expresses Gratitude for Life, so beautifully for me.

I hope you enjoy this too.

 

 

DYOT MEET MAT

“GOTT MATE MUTT,” crooned Dr. von Koenigswald.
“Dyot meet mat,” echoed “Papa” Monzano.

“God made mud,” was what they’d said, each in his own dialect. I will here abandon the dialects of the litany.

“God got lonesome,” said Von Koenigswald.
“God got lonesome.”

“So God said to some of the mud, ‘Sit up!’”
“So God said to some of the mud, ‘Sit up!’”

“ ‘See all I’ve made,’ said God, ‘the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.’”
“ ‘See all I’ve made,’ said God, ‘the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.’”

“And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.”
“And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.”

“Lucky me, lucky mud.”
“Lucky me, lucky mud.” Tears were streaming down “Papa’s” cheeks.

“I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.”
“I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.”

“Nice going, God!”
“Nice going, God!” “Papa” said it with all his heart.

“Nobody but You could have done it, God! I certainly couldn’t have.”
“Nobody but You could have done it, God! I certainly couldn’t have.”

“I feel very unimportant compared to You.”
“I feel very unimportant compared to You.”

“The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn’t even get to sit up and look around.”
“The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn’t even get to sit up and look around.”

“I got so much, and most mud got so little.”
“I got so much, and most mud got so little.”

“Deng you vote da on-oh!” cried Von Koenigswald.
“Tz-yenk voo vote lo yon-yo!” wheezed “Papa.”

What they had said was, “Thank you for the honour!”

“Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.”
“Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.”

“What memories for mud to have!”
“What memories for mud to have!”

“What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!”
“What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!”

“I loved everything I saw!”
“I loved everything I saw!”

“Good night.”
“Good night.”

“I will go to heaven now.”
“I will go to heaven now.”

“I can hardly wait …”
“I can hardly wait …”

“To find out for certain what my wampeter was …”  (personal totem)
“To find out for certain what my wampeter was …”

“And who was in my karass …” (personal group members)
“And who was in my karass …”

“And all the good things our karass did for you.”
“And all the good things our karass did for you.”

“Amen.”
“Amen.”

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