So after the Obituary is in the paper, the Viewing is over and your eulogy recited, where are you going to spend the rest of eternity? I'm still undecided. It's forever you know. It's not like you can change your mind after you're there. I think I'm definitely against burial. It's cold, dark and wet. There are bugs. Plus the family will feel compelled to traipse out to the cemetery to visit me, and I don't want any of their holidays to include a trip to the grave yard. So I guess I'll pick cremation, but where do I want my ashes? I always loved the movie, 'The Bridges of Madison County'. I thought it was so romantic when Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep had their ashes mingled together and scattered off a local bridge so they could be together forever. But if I die before Ray, he will have to hold on to my ashes until HE dies. Should I risk being misplaced at the bottom of some box, unceremoniously mixed with an assortment of paper clips, key rings and batteries? Will they even be able to FIND me when Ray passes on? The idea of being scattered in an exotic place is intriguing, but there's no guarantee where you're going to land. I'd hate to spend eternity on the windshield of an old truck that just happened to be driving by. Maybe I should just wait for Ray in the 'wall' (our columbarium). You know, get the place ready, make friends with the neighbors, get our new social after-life going. Plus... I could pick out a really beautiful urn for myself. The kids would probably still feel obligated to visit, but at least the columbarium is heated and air-conditioned. I just hope they remember my new neighbors may be watching when they do. I'd hate to over hear, "Oh my GOD! Did you see what her daughter was wearing? To visit her mother's GRAVE!? Good thing she was DEAD already!"
GREAT NEWS! Upon further investigation I've discovered that you CAN have a viewing AND be cremated! It just doesn't get any better than that!