Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. Families will travel from near and far to be with their loved ones. The tune of "Over the River and Through the Woods" gently plays as we embark on this journey on highways, trains and airplanes each November.
Planning a Funeral
Brittany Maynard died peacefully on Saturday November 1, 2104, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Brittany chose to end her own life. That was her plan.
Consider this fact of life: How much effort do we often put into planning for vacations, weddings and sometimes our retirement, but how often do we plan for the nitty-gritty practical details of planning a funeral or planning for death? The inevitable is inevitable isn’t it?
We may consider issues such as wills and estate planning or cremation or burial. But how often do we communicate and document our lives and what is to happen to all that information when we die?
I heard a story recently that got my attention. Here’s what I remember about it.
In a nutshell, someone’s mom had died and the daughter “in charge” of picking out an urn for her mother’s ashes was so consumed by grief that she sent her spouse to the funeral home in her place.
Next came the phone call from the spouse to his cousin while in the “shopping area” in the back of the funeral home. He was asking for help in making the selection (by phone) of the “appropriate” urn.