‘Americans are really good at ignoring the fact that they’re going to die,’ says event organizer Chuck Lakin when no one shows up for seminar
WATERVILLE — Americans are afraid of death.
That’s probably why nobody signed up for Saturday’s scheduled make-your-own-coffin workshop at Barrels, in downtown Waterville.
Natural-burial and home-funeral advocate Chuck Lakin, a woodworker from Waterville who had organized the 9 a.m. workshop, said he was disappointed that his planned event did not materialize, but he added that he understands.
“Americans are really good at ignoring the fact that they’re going to die,” Lakin said from his home workshop on Barnet Street. “They don’t want to talk about it because most people have never been in a room with a dead person that wasn’t embalmed and sitting in a funeral home.
“One hundred years ago, death was a part of life. The bodies were usually taken care of at home, so you saw death. It was a personal thing.”
(Source: Morning Sentinel)