DYING WISH: “I want to be buried with my Blackberry”

Gadget-love is quite literally sinking to a whole new level and that level is six feed below ground.

Penny Sansevieri a 44 year old publicist from Californina (of course!) wants her BlackBerry to be with her when she sets out on the Final Journey.

“My BlackBerry is like a third arm” she says in an interview with MSNBC. “Why wouldn’t I be buried with it?”.

Well maybe because it’s of no earthly use (pun intended) once you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. But that doesn’t seem to deter people from going to meet their maker wearing a Bluetooth headset or with a GameBoy in their grasp.

“It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them” says Noelle Potvin from the Hollywood Forever funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood. “It’s a trend with BlackBerrys too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.”

“I’ve even heard of cases where people are being buried with their iPod or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear” says Ed Defort editorial director for American Funeral Director magazine.

“I’ve seen family members place iPod earphones on the (deceased) and play songs as the casket closed” says Pam Vetter a Los Angeles funeral planner who helps create personalised services for families.

All of which makes us think than the dawn of the iFuneral – the ultimate departure for iPhone fans –may not be too far away.

However given the chance of an explosion from an overheated battery cremations are not recommended for the cellphone-crazy.