Tag Archive | burial
For those with dementia, managing the death of a loved one can be especially cruel.
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The funeral went off beautifully. There were lots of possible last-minute issues but the icy roads, rain and cool temperatures failed to impede us. Wonderfully, the rain stopped so we could walk behind my Dad’s caisson to his gravesite. My Dad requested a “life celebration” and I worked to imagine I was witnessing one of […]
At T minus 40 hours to my Dad’s 20-minute funeral service, my Mom’s calls regarding the service begin. Currently, my Mom has two personality modes — the Lion or the Lamb. The Lion is in an uproar. In the last month of his life, my Dad wrote down on a scrap of paper “No Funeral”. […]
As I entered a holiday celebration at a girlfriends house, my phone is ringing. My Mom is calling me at 7:30 p.m. She hasn’t called me “late night” in over a month. Kay: “Hey Mom. How are you?” Mom: “Kay, Did you know we have a date for Dad’s burial? He’s gonna be buried next […]
The death of my father has been easier to manage because he had done so much advance preparation. My parents worked to update their estate and financial plans in 2002. Most of you have been reading about my journey to pull together the information I have needed to assist them which was the reason I […]
I was surprised by the open casket. While I have been to other funeral’s, I have not been involved in the funeral planning — I won’t complain about being a newbie to this task at 49 years of age. When I shared my expectation of our visit with my brother, had we been in better humor, he […]