5-Year-Old Boy Dying of Cancer Prepares His Own Hilarious Obituary: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!' - News T
5-year-old helped write his own obituary
Garrett Matthias, of Van Meter, Iowa, was diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma last September. Shutterstock
- Garrett Matthias of Van Meter, Iowa, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in September 2019.
- In mid-June, his doctors later told his parents, Emilie and Ryan, that the cancer was treatment resistant and terminal.
- The little boy died on July 6.
- Before his death, his parents asked him a series of questions and used his responses in his unique and touching obituary.
When 5-year-old Garrett Matthias (also known to his family and friends as "The Great Garrett Underpants") died after battling a rare form of cancer for nine months, his parents knew they wanted to honor his unique spirit. Using the preschooler's own words, Emilie and Ryan crafted a one-of-a-kind obituary for their little boy.
Garrett, of Van Meter, Iowa, was diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma in September, according to the Des Moines Register. The rare form of cancer affected his temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear.
"We never necessarily talked about his funeral, so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die. But we had a lot of conversations around, 'when I die I want to do this,'" Emilie told local news station WHO.
Garrett's parents told the Des Moines Register that they began jotting down the comments he made (including his wish to be "burned like in 'Thor'" rather than buried, and his hope that he'd become a gorilla to "throw poo at Daddy" after his death) after doctors informed them in June that his cancer was treatment-resistant and terminal. They knew then that they didn't want their fun-loving son to have a traditional funeral or obituary.
Using a questionnaire format, the boy's parents began asking him getting-to-know-you style questions. With his responses, Emilie and Ryan crafted Garrett's obituary after he died on July 6.
"We really tried to use his words, and the way that he talked," Emilie told the Des Moines Register. "Garrett was a very unique individual. What I really didn't want was for his obituary to be ordinary and to have a really sad funeral. We've cried oceans of tears for the last nine months."
The resulting obituary is a stunningly pure representation of Garrett's life and his spirit. It starts off with the preschooler introducing himself as "Garrett Michael Boofias," mispronouncing his last name. He then moves on to list his favorite superheroes ("Batman… and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Cyborg"), his favorite people (various family members including, among others, "stinky Uncle Andy"), the things he loves most, and the things he hates ("pants" and "dirty stupid cancer" among them).
Garrett also lays out his funeral requests, including being burned "like when Thor's mommy died" and being "made into a tree so I can live in it when I'm a gorilla." He also asks for five bouncy houses (one for each year of his life), Batman, and his favorite treat (snow cones) at his funeral.
The obituary closes with Garrett's parents reflecting on his battle and the brutality of cancer.
"Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time, he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses," they wrote. "From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothespins 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': See ya later, suckas!"
Emilie and Ryan are honoring their son's final wishes by having a "Celebration of Life" on Saturday. Per Garrett, the celebration will include a symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and a fireworks display.
Video: 5-year-old boy helps write his own obituary before tragic cancer death: \'See ya later, suckas!\'
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