Thiruvananthapuram: Poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari has stated that she does not want any funeral ceremonies to be held after her demise.
“Not even a flower should be placed on my body after my death. I don’t want government honours also. Grand religious ceremonies also are unnecessary. I should be cremated at Santhi Kavadam, not waiting for anyone,” she said.
The writer opened up her mind after thinking that her time to leave the world is nearing. She said the second heart attack had caused a severe impact on her. Presently she is under rest in her residence at Nandavanam. The heart beat is regulated with the help of pacemaker.
Despite physical ailments, Sugathakumari is active with the functioning of ‘Abhaya’ set up for the destitute people. Though she cannot travel, she is available on phone. She is of the opinion that she has received too many honours during her lifetime including some she did not deserve and no more honours are required.
“When one dies, thousands of rupees worth flowers and wreaths are used to place on the body. The death flowers. I don’t want them. Just give some love when I’m alive. I need only that,” she clarified.
Sugathakumari has clearly written in her will regarding the last rites to be performed. If the demise comes at hospital, the body should be brought home as early as possible. It should be cremated at Santhi Kavadam in Thycaud at the earliest and need not wait for anyone’s arrival. Police honours also is unnecessary.
‘The ashes collected from Santhi Kavadam should be immersed in Sanghumugham sea. Nobody should conduct Sanchayanam, 16th day ceremony, feast or anything like that. I have arranged to give food for some poor people. No condolence meetings or commemorating speeches is required,” Sugathakumari made it clear.