When someone you love has died, the last thing you really want to spend a lot of time thinking about is how you will bury him/her. You are grieving, and that is natural. But unless the deceased had the forethought to put together burial instructions, you may have to be the one to choose the casket.
Finally, it is a good idea to create some kind of ceremony where those who loved this person can share memories of the good times. For some this will be a memorial, often held in a church. For others it will be a wake that may feel more like a party then a farewell. But a beer on the coffin may be just the idea of how he or she wants to be sent off to the next station.
Whatever you choose and however you choose it, take the needs of those around you into consideration. While it is never easy to be the one left with this task, do it with care and love. Soon enough, it will be your turn to be making plans for what kind of coffin you chose for your ceremony.
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