My home is crushingly lonely. My best friend, sweetheart, and lovely wife passed away last Friday, November 1, 2013. We had been together for forty-seven years.
In our "elderly" years we realize the day we must pass is approaching. Shirley and I had discussed that on several occasions, as well as what we preferred for our final disposition.
Our youngest son posted on his Facebook page about Shirley's passing. He has received tons of comments from those who loved and respected Shirley for the wonderful person that she is.
Tomorrow there will be a small, family-only viewing. Afterwards Shirley will be cremated and eventually I will possess her ashes, which will have been placed in a very nice box.
A traditional funeral can cost between $7,000 and $10,000. This includes the burial plot, digging the grave, and a headstone. Caskets are costly and embalming is a must when there will be a formal viewing and funeral service.
The short, family-only viewing does not require embalming. It seems senseless to spend five hundred dollars for embalming when cremation is the final step in disposition.
We will have three certified copies of the death certificate which add to our total cost of less than $1,400.00. That is an amazingly economical price for final disposition, a process that we cannot avoid. Nor would we want to.
For those who are curious about planning for traditional methods I recommend a web site that provides "Consumer Information."
On Saturday, November 16, 2013 there will be a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Chapel at 1021 East Pioneer Avenue, Redlands, California.
Rest In Peace, my sweet, lovely Shirley.