My mother passed yesterday at the age of 83. She never recovered after breaking her hip 2 1/2 months ago. She was not practicing in any religion, so I pray that God will watch over her.
Some people may think it in bad taste, but I have learned and am learning some interesting things about the funeral home business that I would like to share in my next few posts.
In Florida, if your loved one is going to be cremated and will not be present at a service, it is not required that they be embalmed. Our county (and most areas) only have one facility doing the actual cremations. All of the other funeral homes ship the deceased to this one facility, then have them shipped back. Bypass the middle man by going directly to the facility doing the cremations to make your arrangements.
The majority of cemeteries require embalming, but there are a few in Florida that allow "natural" burials.
The most important thing you can do for yourself and you loved ones is to do the research in advance. If I was going into this without adequate knowledge it would be a very tough time to make decisions. Now I can make the arrangements without having to make decisions during a difficult time.
Thanks for letting me work through my grief in a way I find comforting; by writing my thoughts down. It helps me clear my mind.