… you find jokes about death offensive!
This is a true story.
As you know, it has become very common to put into a loved one’s coffin some of the things that meant most to him or her in this life, or that people associate most with them. So photographs, jewellery, teddy bears, flowers – these have all become quite common.
There was once a widow, whose husband had worn a toupee. Without telling anyone, she put into the coffin two cans of the spray adhesive that her husband had used as a paste to fix his toupee.
Unfortunately, she had not read the small print on the can, which tells you not to put the canister in a hot place.
At the crematorium the coffin went into the furnace. At which point there was an explosion, which bent the furnace door…
(Told to Nigel Barley (an anthropologist)by a crematorium official (‘Grave Matters’, pub by New York Holt 1997)).