Actress Shannen Doherty has some thoughts about how she would love her funeral and burial to be. During an appearance on an episode of the “Let’s Be Clear” podcast this week, the 52-year-old actress, who is battling cancer, shared that her condition has led her to thinking about her final goodbye.
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First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Doherty went into remission in 2017. However, the cancer returned two years later in 2019, and by 2020, it had developed to metastatic stage 4 cancer.
Revealing that her breast cancer has spread to her brain and bones, she stated, “This is such a morbid conversation, but it’s also so fun. I want [my remains] to be mixed with my dog and I want it to be mixed with my dad. I do not want to be buried and not cremated.”
According to the actress, seeing a lot of people at her dad’s funeral made her realize that she would want the guest list for her funeral short and out-of-bounds to some people.
“There’s a lot of people that I think would show up that I don’t want there. I don’t want them there because their reasons for showing up aren’t necessarily the best reasons, like, they don’t really like me and, you know, they have their reasons and good for them, but they don’t actually really like me enough to show up to my funeral.”
“But they will, because it’s the politically correct thing to do and they don’t want to look bad, so I kinda want to take the pressure off them and I want my funeral to be like a love fest. I don’t want people to be crying or people to privately be like, ‘Thank God that b**** is dead now,’” she added.
While the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” star is making plans for her last goodbye, she is not exactly open to the idea of dying yet. In November last year, she said she was not ready to die and was determined to live a full life even amid her struggle with cancer.
“I don’t want to die. I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not — I’m not done.”
Explaining her desire to embrace life even more, she added, “When you ask yourself, ‘Why me? Why did I get cancer?’ and then ‘Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage 4?,’ that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life.”