Above is the tombstone of John Laird McCaffery (1940-1995) which is found in Montreal’s Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges. There’s also an epitaph written there composed together by McCaffery’s wife and mistress:
Free your body
Unfold your powerful wings
Climb up the highest mountains
Kick your feet up in the air
You may now live forever
Or return to this earth
Unless you feel good where you are!
“Afterwards, as I’m done, I’m looking at it and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I noticed it just like that,” the one who engraved the headstone (who wished to remain anonymous) said. “This guy’s ex-wife and mistress came in together and ordered the stone. They said the message represented him. It was a thing between the three of them,”
The engraver also noted that the only other strange engraving he’s tasked to write was this: “I’d rather be in Boston but my wife buried me here.” However, his latest one took the cake.
Kathy Benjamin, Funerals to Die For, 2013