Preschooler wrote own obituary before dying of rare cancer


Family members are mourning the death of a 5-year-old boy after battling pediatric cancer.

With the help of his parents, Garrett Matthias wrote his own obituary to tell the world just what kind of a kid he was.

"We never necessarily talked about his funeral so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die but we had a lot of conversations around, 'when I die I want to do this',” Garrett’s mother Emilie Matthias said.

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Garrett, a superhero fan and a lover of thrash metal music, was not a typical kid and his obituary is a reflection of that.

"When I read it, I was thinking 'wow'. Sounds like Garrett just yapping at me,” Garrett’s father Ryan Matthias said.

Detailing all the things he loved and all that he didn’t.

"Pants, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles,” Ryan said.

In his final words, the preschooler made some final requests. No funeral because those are sad. Instead, a party with five bounce houses, one for each year he lived, a visit from Batman and of course his favorite treat, snow cones.

The most unique request: a symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony similar to that in one of his favorite movies, Thor.

"We've cried oceans of tears in the last nine months and I think this is one of the things that we can do to make his day,” Emilie said.

Garrett’s celebration of live will take place this Saturday. The symbolic burial he requested and fireworks will happen at sunset.

Click here to read Garrett’s full obituary