Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Well there you go then

I finally got in touch with Sunset Pet Services today and due to a bunch of unforeseen events Frankie's ashes had only just arrived back at the facility? office? The phone call id was Greenlawn Cemetery in Hagerstown, MD.  

The vet had actually driven to Alexandria on Thursday night to drop Frankie off - that was a hike from wherever he had ended his day and then a hike back to either Falls Church or Burke - wherever his main office is.  (Don't ask - these are geographic locations more or less 'local' to me. Local if you have a car and don't mind driving all around Northern Virginia.) 

The gentleman who finally called me back was so calm and soft spoken and apologetic - the way one thinks funeral directors should sound. 

I've never had to deal with a funeral director or funeral arrangements of any kind. When my father died the entire family walked on over to Stutzmann's Funeral Home and I guess my mother filled out whatever paperwork had to be filled and then we were all shown into a room with all the sample caskets to make a selection.

Now this part is funny - 

We're walking around examining coffins and my elder male sibling stops in front of this one caskets that is, for starters, lined in pink satin with a whole bunch of tacky fru-fru rosettes and other assorted decorative doo-dads. I blurt out "Daddy wouldn't be caught dead in a thing like that." and then there was a moment of silence, and then we all burst out in laughter and then the funeral director guy comes in looking aghast. We didn't even try to explain. 

Anyway, they will be mailing Frankie's ashes to me today so I'd better head on over to Etsy and see about an appropriate memorial.

6 comments:

  1. Funny story about the casket! I'm glad you will be getting Frankie's ashes soon. I have an Etsy friend who makes custom urn's that are beautiful if you're interested. She made Sadie's. Her name is Edi and here's a link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/695045181/custom-engraved-pet-urn-pet-memorial

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    1. Oh yes! I checked her out and I think that's the way to go. Now to go through 16 years of photos and chose the right image. I expect I will be crying through the process.

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  2. Glad you finally got in touch with someone about Frankie's ashes.
    That is funny about the casket. I remember when my brother and I were making arrangements for my dad the funeral director was talking about liners and how long each were guaranteed not to leak. I couldn't help asking why a person being buried would care about his casket liner leaking or not. I of course was trying to lighten the mood but the funeral director very serious went in to explaining how it's because of different beliefs and religions.

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    1. Funeral directors have to be cognizant of every little ritual and foible, it's rather a complicated business. But then, funerals are for the living not the dead.

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  3. I wonder who the target market is for pink satin fru-fru.

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    1. The family of a little old lady who liked pink fru-fru? (I just realized that should be "frou-frou").

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