It is hard to get past the heartwrenching headlines and photographs to focus on life's ordinary and simple daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, cleaning and taking care of your children. Tragedies put lifes simple things forefront. I am grateful to have water coming out of the tap.Hurricane Sandy reeked havoc on homes, shorelines and unsuspecting infrastructure, with minimal, if any, loss of life. But the magnitude of the loss of lives in the Philippines is unfathomable.
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Now, does this type of building look familiar to you?
A good time to shop for a coffin is before you actually need one. This sounds a bit morbid doesn't it?
But let's compare this scenario to shopping for a new car or a wedding dress or a home.
Honestly, do you get the best deal when you shop last minute? Do you get what you want for a good value?
I am wondering whether or not to share this with you.
After all, the death of a loved one, planning a funeral service in the midst of grief and the task of writing obituaries are serious, sad and stressful matters.
People agree that your wedding should be beautiful.
We celebrate weddings with fragrant, colorful flowers that are cheerful and abundant.
Why shouldn't your funeral or memorial service be the same?
Flowers represent so many emotions and mark many different occassions: Celebrations, birthdays, joy, grief, love, sickness, forgiveness, remorse, and empathy. Loved ones pay their respect often with flowers as an expression of sympathy.
First, you get the shocking news that your loved one has died.
Next comes the avalanche of tasks to do related to that person's death while in the throws of grief.
Then comes one of the hardest tasks. You are asked to eulogize your grandparent, parent, child or friend.
Maybe it's time to plan my own funeral.
I must admit that this is not something that I had ever considered doing before, but it makes more sense now that I am in my middle years with aging parents and children of my own.
The fact is, I seem to be attending more funerals these days than weddings!
Have you ever attended a funeral and found yourself wondering what it would be like to plan for and "attend" your own funeral?
When Nonnie died, we had no idea what to do other than contact Nonnie's Minister at Third Presbyterian Church where she had worshiped for as long as I can remember. Nonnie did not pre-plan her funeral.
So, how does one plan a funeral?
Here are 7 tasks to deal with ASAP whether or not your loved one's death was sudden or expected.
Contacting the emergency medical team is probably the first number you will dial. Someone died. And you need help. Then it is time to say goodbye and have your loved one transported to the local hospital or funeral home. Someone has to officially declare the death.