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Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Keith King

Q&A: Death and Dying in the Modern Age- Keith King

Keith King

Photographer/Chef

Los Angeles

How old do you want to live to be?

Late 80’s early 90’s

Do you have a fantasy funeral?

I want to be cremated and ashes scattered in the ocean somewhere between Bridgehampton and Amagansett and in Nauvoo, Tennessee.

What scares you the most about dying?

The people I leave behind.

What would your 3 pieces of wisdom be for the those left behind?

Be grateful, save money, find joy in your life.

If you had a destination funeral where would it be?

A funeral pyre on the beach in Nepeague. 

Top 5 songs to play at your funeral?

Bruised Orange, That’s the Way the World Goes Round (both by John Prine), I Know you Rider, Wharf Rat (both by The Grateful Dead, Dead Flowers (by the Stones)

 

If you could live forever, would you want to?

No

Where do you think you go once you die?

Into the universe.

If there is a heaven who are 3 people you would like to hang out with there?

Jerry Garcia, my dad, Charles Bukowski

Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes

If reincarnation is real what do you want to come back as?

Christy Coleman’s next dog

What are three words you hope people use to describe you when you are gone?

Kind, fun, loving

Biggest regret in life?

I don’t know yet.

 

What are the top 3 things that helped you through grief?

Friends, family, laughter

Best advice someone gave to you?

Save money, but I didn’t listen.

Did meditation, friends, food help you the most?

I don’t think food helped. I find death to be a appetite suppressant.

 

If you were to give someone 1 piece of advice on grief what would it be?

Celebrate their life, do NOT grieve their passing.