I am right now working through a major transition in my life. My mother’s health has become more complicated. My day job has also changed. I am consumed by these changes. As a result my blogging is not as consistent as it has been. I remain committed to educating people about death and the death care industry. The topic remains taboo in so much of our modern world, and I will always find that fascinating. Sometimes I think this taboo has to do with the fear of death—fear that one day we will die and the fear of the unknown of death. At other times, I think that the taboo has to do with the basic yuck factor of death. Let’s face it; death is not a pretty thing. It is the way of all things, but the process of death and the time following death really is not too pretty. Sometimes I think the taboo has so much to do with the fear of failure. Some people actually hope that they will never have to face the day of their death. Perhaps failure is not the word for it. Perhaps the word is the fear that negative thinking will take over. Some people actually think that talking about death brings about death. Somehow taking about death is defeatist thinking. It is no way defeatist—it’s reality. By keeping death a taboo subject we give power to the industry that works hard on keeping death a mystery. By keeping death a taboo topic, we cripple our loved ones at the time of our death because they will not know our wishes. By keeping death a taboo, we give power to our own fears and grow fear in those around us. Death comes. Our loved ones must know what the plan will be for dealing with our body. When the average funeral is $10,00.00, We really cannot afford to keep death a taboo topic.