Tuesday, August 20, 2013



Mortician Doug, recently paid the royalty fees
to allow "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin to
be played inside the caskets of the departed. 
Heaven's Gate Funeral Parlor of Bridgeport is enjoying a spike in business since they began offering musical casket choices.  "Every thing is better with music," said Heaven's Gate's owner and mortician, Doug Graves. "and that includes burial vessels too."  Graves, who goes by Mortician Doug in the business world, was keynote speaker this month at the Brotherhood of Pall Bearers Union meeting. CHANNEL 1 NEWS caught up with this charismatic business leader during a break.

"I am getting away from calling these things caskets and like to prefer to them by the more user friendly name of burial vessel."  he said as he stood by a display model. 
"In the past few years clients have been leaning more towards cremation, which hits those of us in the business where it hurts the most, the bottom line."  Then Mortician Doug's eyes lit up,  "One day the idea  hit me that what was needed was a better burial vessel, one with a musical option!  I started installing digital sound systems to each vessel. Your music of choice is then downloaded and plays inside the vessel for as long as the burial vessel batteries last. If a client wishes and for an extra $2K,we also have a solar battery available for placement above ground, allowing eternal musical playback inside the vessel below!"

Doug reported "business began booming soon after the music option was added" and no pun  intended he grinned.  Musical options available at this time are "Hold On, I'm Comin'" by Sam and Dave, "Sittin' on the Dock in the Bay" by Otis Redding, "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees,  and the favorite "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.
Mortician Doug added that he has a band ready to record your favorites and will take your requests. 

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