Take a breath before diving into the myriad of details that must be decided upon. If you have already engaged a funeral home, a person’s body can be refrigerated for weeks if not almost indefinitely. You do not need to make decisions within two days or less. Pressure to make quick decision comes because the industry would like to move the process along. They want you to have a sense of urgency when making your decisions. Do not let the industry bully your family into making decisions you just don’t want to make. Do not let them tell you the family needs to accept certain details because it is part of a package. Sometimes religious or spiritual reasons make it necessary for moving at a faster pace. If this is the case, then I hope the community already knows how to handle these decisions. If you want to wait for another family member to arrive to help you with the process, take the time and wait. This time should be for the family and not a time for allowing the death care industry tell you what you need to do or for them to hand you package deals when you might not want the package. If you need to take a break and talk before signing any contract for service, take the time. Death care should be about making the family comfortable with the choices they must make and not about rushing. Breathe, take your time and then decide. Few of us find making final decisions about our loved one an easy process. Many of us would rather just get on with the process, but sometimes we need to take a moment and think about what is best to make a fitting memorial for our loved one.
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