Bury me naked. Put a mobile phone in the coffin. Cremate me with my pet's ashes. Bury me with my teeth in. And do make sure I'm actually dead.
Those were some of the most popular requests by people planning their funerals, according to research by the British charity Age Concern, which promotes the interests of elderly people.
Britain is known for being a nation of animal lovers and it seems Britons cannot bear to be separated from their beloved pets - even when both parties are dead.
Age Concern Funeral Plans polled more than 100,000 of its customers and found that being buried with their pet's ashes was the most common funeral rite request.
But several top requests suggested many were worried about being buried alive, with those planning their funerals asking to be certified dead, for a mirror to be held over their faces to check for vapor signs of breathing and for a mobile phone left in the coffin.
Others were related to appearance, such as being buried in the nude "as they came into the world" or with their false teeth in.
The top eight most common requests were:
1. To be cremated with their pet's ashes;
2. To have a mobile phone in the coffin;
3. To ensure they are dead;
4. For a mirror to be held over their face to check for signs of breathing;
5. To be cremated naked;
6. To be buried in their own garden;
7. To be buried with their teeth in;
8. To be buried with all their savings.(AFP)
1. cremate v.t.
火化 (huo3 hua4)
例: When I die I wish to be cremated.
2. beloved adj.
摯愛的 (zhi4 ai4 de5)
例: Michael couldn't bear to be separated from his beloved Cathy.
3. party n.
一方 (yi4 fang1)
例: Both parties agreed that the plans be independently assessed.
4. rite n.
儀式 (yi2 shi4)
例: Drinking the wine was a rite of passage into adulthood.
in the nude 一絲不掛的
Saying that someone is in the nude means that he or she is naked. There are many ways of describing being naked in English including: in one's birthday suit, stark naked or starkers, au natural, in the buff, as nature intended, as God intended, in the altogether and, very informally, buck naked.
People who prefer to conduct their affairs in the nude are referred to as nudists. Special places where they can do this are refered to as being nudist - for example a nudist colony.
說某人「in the nude」表示他或她是裸體未著衣物的。英文中有許多表示裸體的說法，包括「in one's birthday suit」、「stark naked」，或「starkers」、「au natural」、「in the buff」、「as nature intended」、「as God intended」、「in the altogether」；「buck naked」則是非常不正式的說法。
Torben: Do you ever think about death, Tom?
Tom: In what way?
Torben: You know, like what happens after you die? Do you have a soul that lives on? That kind of stuff.
Tom: To be honest mate, not really, I'm too busy living this life to worry about what'll happen when I'm pushing up the daisies.
Torben: Fair enough, mate, fair enough. Just thought I'd ask.
pushing up the daisies 死亡
Pushing up the daisies is a way of describing someone who is dead. Another common expression is to kick the bucket, which means to die.
「push up the daisies」是表達某人過世的一種說法。另外一種通俗的說法是「kick the bucket」，也表示某人死亡。
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