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This 5-Year-Old Was Sick of Funerals Being Sad—So He Wrote His Own Obituary

His obituary begins with the boy introducing himself as “Garrett Michael Boofias,” as his last name was too hard for him to pronounce.

In words that were very Garrett-esque, the huge superhero fan with a wild imagination proceded to say that when he died, he wanted to be burned like ‘Thor,’ and become a gorilla.

Also not a fan of doom-and-gloom funerals, he stated, “Why are funerals so sad? I’m going to have bouncy houses at mine.”

Garrett specifically wanted 5 bouncy houses — one for every year he was alive. 

He then listed off some of his favorite people: the “grandparents who live in the new house,” the “grandparents that live in the camper,” and “stinky Uncle Andy.”

“That’s him speaking. Those are his words verbatim,” said Ryan with a grin on his face. “When I read it. I’m just like ‘wow.’ Sounds like Garrett just yapping at me.”

“You know why does it have to be sad?” Emilie added through tears.

“Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer,” the obituary continued. “During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy [sic] cushions and sneaking clothes pins [sic] 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.’”

And of course Garrett’s sign off was as unique as his goofy 5-year-old self: “See ya later, suckas! – The Great Garrett Underpants,” it concluded.

Rather than a funeral, a celebration of life to honor Garrett’s request took place last Saturday, followed by a symbolic burial like he saw in the movie Thor. Fireworks were held after sunset.

If you’d like to help Garrett’s family with his “celebration of life” expenses, you may visit their GoFundMe page here.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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