I have spent the last two years working in and researching the death care industry. We all die one day, but more importantly those we love die. In some cases we are left with the unhappy task of making choices about their final details in this world. These choices can be overwhelming and sometimes we are not at our emotional best when we have to make them. After my father-in-law died we all went into the casket room at the local Funeral Home and my mother-in-law was asked, “Which one do you like?” She said, “I don’t like any of them.” I think that encapsulates a how many of us feels when someone we love dies. We don’t like it. We don’t want it. What we would like is to have them with us, making jokes and telling stories. What we want it not to have happened. The fact is our loved ones do die. We must deal with their death because their death is a fact and we must make the best choices we can.
Come with me as we uncover many mysteries of funerals and the death care industry. On this journey, we will look at the conventional industry and the alternative, emerging industry. We will look at cultural and religious perspectives We will also look at care of our loved ones as they grow older or are battling illness. We will discuss the conversations many of us are not excited about having either discussing our own wishes at the point of death, or talking to those who’s final details we will be responsible making. We will delve into grief and what it can do to us. In short, we will talk about all things regarding death that many of us need to know, but may not want to think of. I intend to keep creepiness to a minimum and hope to be as straightforward as possible. I invite you to ask questions and join in our journey.