Monday, September 9, 2013

O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? The Monday Morgue

Monday Morgue
Nancy Boldt Vicknair
Vicknair is nuts about genealogy. Too many of her hours are spent searching a tiny factoid about some obscure relative born around 800AD. This minuscule post was inspired by musings about death. All images are of her relatives' graves in Connecticut. 
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O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
                                       1 Corinthians 15:55-56 (King James Version)

Our ancestors sure put us to shame. They knew how to bury someone!

Before 1970, when burial prices and funerals began to be very costly, the dead were laid into their forever homes with beauty and dignity. Today, with cremations de rigeur, we shy away from death even more. 

This weekend I was trying to get prices on my own impending kiss-off on the Internet and could not get 
exact prices anywhere. I was advised to contact my 
care consultant by phone to hear the details. 

By my calculations. a rough estimate for a California burial with the works -- sans doves-- would add up to $13,000 - $15,000. Cremations cost from $1,000 to $15.000. 

                                  The Bulkeley Tomb in Connecticut

As with everything in life, and apparently also in the afterlife, it is all about the money. Does anyone have room for me in their backyard?

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