60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Mortality

Who would you be most willing to give your life for? These and other questions relating to human mortality

An overwhelming 84 percent of Americans would want their family to remember them by celebrating their life with laughter food and drink. Only 11 percent would prefer that they mourn their loss with solemn reflection. There's an old joke, what's the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake? One less party guest. Despite our Puritan roots, Americans have decided that a life well lived is well worth celebrating.

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