September 21, 2009 9:03 AM Subscribe
What should my wife and sister-in-law know before going to the funeral home to make arrangements for their father?
posted by kortez to human relations (22 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and sister-in-law are exhausted from the days and nights in the palliative care unit with their father. They'd like to know a little about what to expect when they talk to the funeral director, and they'd like to know what kinds of questions they ought to be asking.
Info that may help you answer my question: He won't be cremated--there will be a casket but it will not be open. He is a WWII and Korea veteran. There will be a little bit of insurance money, but they would like to reserve as much as possible for their mother whose income will decrease by 90% when her husband passes.
They're interested in even the most obvious and practical suggestions.
I will monitor this thread pretty closely, so if you need more information, please let me know.
(I hope this is clear enough--I've been keeping the same vigil hours as my wife, so my brain is a little foggy, too.)